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The Issue of Ex-offenders to Become Productive Members of Society

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I stand in negation of the resolution to improve the educational standards for inmates not because inmates do not deserve a second chance, but because this education will not provide them a sufficient second chance for the following two reasons: (say both bullet point titles) Just because they will have an education, that doesn’t protect them from the prejudice of employer’s

Nothing earns a trip to the trash can faster than an ex-convict’s job application displaying a past criminal record. Even after paying their societal dues, “ex-convicts still face numerous economic punishments affecting how much they can earn, and what fields they will enter. These factors boost recidivism rates, ruining the ex-offender’s chances of becoming a productive member of society again. ”Six states bar ex-felons from public employment, and in many others, any kind of educational, legal, medical or real estate job is also out of the question. One measure of prevailing attitudes can be found in a 2007 “Christian Science Monitor” article. According to the newspaper, two-thirds of employers surveyed in five major cities would not hire an ex-offender. Future employers will not see the college credit that other regular applicants will have, they will instead be drawn only to the criminal history Education doesn’t work, Reentry programs work

Why do so many ex-offenders become repeat offenders? Statistics compiled by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington D.C., indicate that ex-offender employment is a critical factor in whether recently released federal inmates are successful. Of the 262,000 federal prisoners that were released from federal prison between calendar years 2002-2006, 50% of those who could not secure any employment during the time of their supervised release (generally two-to-five years) committed a new crime or violated the terms of their release and were sent back to prison. However, an astonishing 93% of those who were able to secure employment during the entirety of their supervised release were able to successfully reintegrate back into society and not return to prison. (US Attorney’s office of Southern District of Alabama)

They often want to start over, but don’t know how to achieve that. They need somewhere to live, to work. They need counseling, but have limited resources. Some prisoners are released with only the clothes on their back, $10 to $200 and a bus ticket to the state line. Life on the outside can be a huge challenge — so hard that many prisoners fail at it and end up back behind bars before long. (HuffPo 2017)

A resolution to provide Kratom to aid in the opioid CrisisKratom, while not being as dangerous as opioid, is still detrimental to health Kratom abuse appears to be on the rise in the United States, as the Journal of Addictive Diseases reports on increased poison control center calls. In America, kratom is often marketed as a nutritional or dietary supplement. Negative reactions to the toxicity of the drug prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban its import in 2014. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lists kratom as a “drug of concern” in the United States. Although the drug is not currently under federal control, it is still considered a possibly dangerous drug of abuse with the potential for dependence and addiction with prolonged and regular use. Side effects of Kratom include: Increased risk-taking behaviors

Continued use of the drug in full awareness of problems its use may create Decreased production at work or school Social withdrawal and increased secrecy Lack of interest in social, recreational, or other activities that used to be important Inability to stop using the drug despite multiple attempts to do soLack of control over amount taken or duration of abuse Drug tolerance (needing to take more of the drug to feel its effects), drug dependence, and withdrawal symptoms Mood swings and a potential personality shift Changes in sleeping and eating habits, and a possible significant loss of weight Because of these effects while Kratom might not be as detrimental as Opioids, providing addicts another drug to get addicted to will be like using a knife to plug a bullet hole it will only add to the damage Kratom is an opioid As the scientific data and adverse event reports have clearly revealed, compounds in kratom make it so it isn’t just a plant – it’s an opioid. And it’s an opioid that’s associated with novel risks because of the variability in how it’s being formulated, sold and used recreationally and by those who are seeking to self-medicate for pain or who use kratom to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms.(FDA 17)

We can’t just fight fire with more fire

Furthermore, there are safe and effective, FDA-approved medical therapies available for the treatment of opioid addiction. Combined with psychosocial support, these treatments are effective. Importantly, there are three drugs (buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone) approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid addiction, and the agency is committed to promoting more widespread innovation and access to these treatments to help those suffering from an opioid use disorder transition to lives of sobriety.

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