This documentary examines lives of people who get arrested and go to prison because of their addiction to crack and other drugs. It made a strong impression on me that some of the inmates are just not ready to commit to change their lives and deal with their addiction. There is a lot of co-dependence and exploitation here. I remember while being in rehab that there were a lot of people who agreed to go to treatment just so they can avoid jail. The result, we would have a lot of disturbance and distractions at rehab. Once we even had a guy who got high in rehab during one of our alcoholics anonymous meetings. What I find in common between all these people is that they are not willing to follow the rules. Sobriety requires of you to follow rules.

I personally don’t think that nonviolent drug users should be put in jail with all the other violent criminals that deserve to be there, simply because that they are there because of their addiction. It usually involves stealing and prostituting oneself to be able to make money to afford your habit. I mean to keep a person in jail cost a lot of money and when it comes to someone who is there because of their addiction doesn’t do much good except that it keeps them temporary from using. The negative side of that that once you put someone in the system that person becomes damaged and it is more likely to repeat same offense over and over again. So what is the solution? Seems complicated especially if you add the mental illness in the picture, it is almost like psych wards at the hospital has fallen short on funding and governments solution is to jail mentally ill.

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