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Addressing Drug Addiction among Offenders

Addressing Drug Addiction among Offenders

by Diana DiNitto Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas On November 19, 2009, Professor DiNitto had the opportunity to testify before a hearing of the United States Sentencing Commission, marking the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. She highlights her major points from that appearance in the following commentary.- […]

Take a walk from the reception area of almost any prison or jail facility in the country to any cell block or other detention area, and you’ll have to pass through a series of heavy spring-loaded steel or barred doors designed for security. As you pass through each door, it shuts behind you with a resounding metallic SLAM. The sound is unforgettable, and lets you know you’ve been separated from freedom, and have entered a different somewhat-oppressive world, the “slammer.” It’s a world where shouting, bravado and anger flare every day, and fear, despondency and tears reign silently in the dark of each night. Its role is to protect society, to discipline the guilty and to rehabilitate amenable offenders.

The-SLAMMER is dedicated to all the people that spend time behind those doors in that other world — the inmates, former inmates, the correctional officers, other law officers, administrative staffs, chaplains, medical personnel, visiting attorneys and civilian volunteers.