Biden Pledges To Force People Who Use Drugs To Enroll In Mandatory Treatment Programs

Biden Pledges To Force People Who Use Drugs To Enroll In Mandatory Treatment Programs

In a recent speech, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden reaffirmed his position that people convicted of low-level drug offenses should be forced into rehabilitation in order to stay out of jail and get their records cleared. While the former vice president seems to view the policy as a progressive alternative to incarceration, many drug reform advocates feel mandatory treatment reinforces misconceptions about substance misuse, and they point out that the efficacy of forced rehabilitation programs are scientifically questionable. “Anybody who gets convicted of a drug crime—not one that is in terms of massive selling, but consumption—they shouldn’t go to prison. They should go to mandatory rehabilitation,” Biden said at a campaign event in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week. “Instead of building more prisons, as I’ve been proposing for some time, we build rehabilitation centers.” “Mandatory. They’ve got to go to mandatory rehab, but it’s not part of the record when they get out if they finish it,” he said, adding that having a criminal record often prevents people from obtaining housing, financial aid for school and other public benefits. It’s not clear whether Biden feels that people with low-level marijuana convictions should similarly be subject to mandatory rehabilitation. He’s proposed decriminalizing cannabis possession, but theoretically the rehab policy could fit within the framework he’s envisioning for a decriminalization policy that stops short of full legalization, which he opposes. Marijuana Moment reached out to his campaign for clarification, but a representative did not immediately respond. In any case, mandatory rehabilitation is not…

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