Does one drug crime lead to another?

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2023 | Blog, Drug Crime Defense

Recidivism occurs when a person commits a crime after finishing a sentence for another crime. The goal of the criminal justice system is to prevent this from happening. However, it is failing.

This is especially true for those convicted of drug crimes. They have a high recidivism rate. But through early advocacy and better defense strategies, it may be possible to reduce this number.

Drug court options to prevent recidivism

New Hampshire does have a program in place to help people facing drug crimes. Drug courts allow a person to go through a program that includes following guidelines, attending counseling and taking steps to end drug dependency. If a person successfully completes the program, they avoid going to jail or prison and avoid having a felony charge on their criminal record. Individuals should inquire about this option before going to court.

Early interventions for juveniles

Youths with drug charges often face the highest chances of a lifelong issue with the criminal justice system. Early interventions can help to reduce the chances that a young person continues down the wrong path. By offering these children help at the first sign of bad decisions, authorities can help to stop bad habits from forming and redirect their lives so that they do not end up in the system for life.

Help for other offenders

Adult offenders often can avoid reoffending if they get the right support. They need to have people around them to assist with providing them support to stay away from drugs and help them reintegrate into society. They need jobs and places to live. By removing barriers and providing resources, authorities can make this process easier.

Recidivism is preventable, but it takes help. Being open to receiving assistance can make it easier for people to avoid more charges.