The question that always occurs to me, especially when the article mentions that the accused has a history of drug abuse is... Why is nothing being done in terms of rehabilitation for the drug addict. I know in some countries such as the US and the UK, and clearly evident in their films, soaps and TV episodes that the Judge would normally offer the accused a second chance in life, by sentencing him on conditions and rewards.
Some good recommendations for such sentencing would be like...
- Community Service (haul the lot of them over to Zallaq Beach and let them clean up)
- Clinical Rehab (stage by stage treatment for the serious ones who really wanna quit)
- Vocational Training (offer them alternative training to further help them get a job)
- Counseling & Guidance (assign a case worker, offer forums where reformed ex-addicts get to share their experience with them)
Obviously, different addictions require different approaches, and different people respond differently to change. The same goes for petty thieves, joy-riders, and other minor crimes.. If we do not attempt to address the wrong with the right, we will always have those frequent visitors who keep the prison system occupied.
Most times the opportunity prospect of a second chance, with the correct guidance, end result and system mechanism in place, can change a person for the better... A half-assed effort will always yield the same result, if not worse...
I guess that's the way it is...
7/8/2007 Capt. Arab