Restorative Justice for Drug Crimes Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Restorative Justice for Drug Crimes
A discussion of the potential benefits of restorative justice programs for drug crimes.
# 144994 | 1,057 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper argues that drug traffickers need to enter a drug treatment and rehabilitation program instead of the prison system. The paper identifies the three basic principles of restorative justice and discusses how restorative justice programs have the potential to reform the criminal justice system and communities affected by drug crimes and mandatory sentencing outcomes. The paper also notes that the State of Illinois is presently debating the usefulness of restorative justice in drug crime sentencing.

Rationale for the Study
Specific Policies and Concepts
Restorative Justice
Presentation of Evidence
Statement of Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The reason that this area of the criminal justice system has been chosen for examination is because of the extremely large percentage of the incarcerated population in the United States who have received prison sentences for drug crimes. While those who are trafficking in illicit drugs certainly should not escape justice, the truth is that many who are incarcerated for drug crimes are guilty of no more than being in possession of drugs and in reality need to enter a drug treatment and rehabilitation program instead of the prison system which is privatized and in actuality a yawning and hungry commercial beast with beds to fill so that the prisons and their private owners receive government monies to keep these institutions in operation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chaka, R. and Brickner, B.W. (2007) What is Restorative Justice. Conscious Choice. Online May 2007 Available at:
  • Coniglio, R. (nd) Sentencing Circles for Non-Violent Offenders. Roosevelt Institution. Online available at:
  • Montaldo, C. (2008) Mandatory Drug Sentencing Laws. Crime and Punishment - Issues and Controversies. Online available at:
  • Sterling, E.E. (2004) Drug Policy: A Challenge of Values. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work. Online available at:
  • Manski, C.F., Pepper, J.V., & Petrie, C.V. (2001). Informing America's Policy on IllegalDrugs: What We Don't Know Keeps Hurting Us. Washington: National AcademyPress

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