Chris Christie Pushes His "Drug Court" Plan [AUDIO]
During his latest town hall meeting in South Plainfield, the Governor said his plan calls for drug courts to be operating in every County in the Garden state – and every non-violent drug offender has to be sent to a security facility for one year – for drug treatment.
” Now some people have said well – you can’t force people into treatment unless they’re ready ” said the Governor, ” but have never met the person in my life – who has willingly gone to drug treatment.”
He says ” instead of spending 49 thousand dollars a year – which is what it costs us to warehouse someone in a state prison, we can send them to in-patient secure, year-long drug rehabilitation – for 24 thousand dollars a year…you know if people get treatment, their long-term recidivism rate -of going back to drug abuse and crime -goes down precipitously – but more than that, I absolutely believe that every life is precious.”
The Governor adds the problem ” is not just in our cities, it’s in our suburbs, it’s not just in our suburbs, it’s in our rural areas – drug availability and abuse is everywhere, and we need to start dealing with treating these folks – it is a disease, and has to be treated as such – and unless we’re going to be willing to step up and do that we’re never going to be able to get our arms around the problem – I believe in my heart that if we don’t deal with this problem in this way – that we’re never ever going to get our arms around this issue.”
He says ” we’ve got close to 7 thousand non-violent drug offenders in prison that deserve a second chance…, and I think New Jersey is about giving people a second chance – that’s what we should be about -and so I’m going to be pushing for this and I hope by July 1st I’ll be able to sign it into law.”