DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn is asking state legislators to budget $4 million to increase residential drug treatment as an alternative to locking people up on drug charges.
The News Journal reports Denn found a receptive audience Wednesday when he made his pitch to lawmakers on the state’s Joint Finance Committee, marking a continued shift in legislator sentiment away from tough-on-crime drug policies.
Denn told legislators prison is not appropriate for many people addicted to heroin or other drugs. He said Delaware is in dire need of private treatment facilities. The $4 million he requested would provide incentives for the construction of private treatment facilities.
Denn said judges would be more inclined to order treatment for drug offenders instead of jail time if more treatment facilities are available.
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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com