Drug farm has very low recidivism rates. If the addict doesn’t get the help he/she needs, they will be right back in the system. The drug farm actually addresses the real problem – substance abuse – and actually lowers crime rates in the long term. It’s cheaper to keep her, as the song goes. Keep the drug farm even for cats that score prison. Take a burglary of a dwelling – guy goes in a house and steals a playstation to pawn to feed his addiction. No priors. He’s going to score prison.
Let’s get real here.
The guys that score non-state aren’t going to accept drug farm anyway. They’ll do less time taking a non-state plea and get gain time – with no probation.
Drug farm entails years on probation. If the client does everything right in long track drug farm (which is very rare indeed), they may get released in a year. Then there’s after-care and the half-way house. Before you know it, D has been on probation for a couple of years. If they screw up on probation, they’re going to the big house.
This “policy” if it is in fact a policy of the State Attorney’s office, needs to change pronto.
Grey Tesh is a board certified criminal trial lawyer in West Palm Beach, Florida. http://www.aaacriminaldefense.com