Without making a dramatic shift across the board toward alternative sentencing for chronic abusers, we will never break free from the current cycle.
Malibu, CA (PRWEB) October 19, 2012
Dr. Akikur Mohammad, Founder of Malibu Horizon, recognized by many as one of the top addiction treatment centers in California, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California, announced today that he and his team of addiction treatment experts from Malibu Horizon will be addressing the public about the need for long-term drug rehab and effective alternative sentencing in place of ineffective jail terms for substance abusers. Dr. Mohammad is publicly praising the Los Angeles Superior Court for their ongoing commitment to alternative sentencing.
Dr. Mohammad said, “The Los Angeles Superior Court is the perfect example of a system that is learning to properly deal with the disease of addiction by not punishing the patient, but treating their disease with the perfect balance of accountability and consequences. Defendants that complete alternative sentences and The Los Angeles Superior Court are to be commended for their great strides; other court systems need to learn from their example.” Mohammad added, “Our country is struggling with tragic overcrowding and recidivism issues in jails and prisons as a direct result of incarcerating addicts without treating their disease properly. Without making a dramatic shift across the board toward alternative sentencing for chronic abusers, we will never break free from the current cycle. The current alternative sentencing system is a work in progress; however, the fact that it is being utilized and well received is wonderful to see.”
Dr. Mohammad and the Malibu Horizon’s team will be addressing alternative sentencing and more at their next town hall meeting. Mohammad added, “As I’ve publicly stated before, the community needs to be aware of the difference between punishment and prevention. While there is a place for both, there must be a balance and the Los Angeles Superior Court seems to have found it. People need to be held accountable for their actions but unless their disease is properly treated, chronic abusers will never have a fighting chance.”