YA – Rehab or Punishment: What to Do about Drug Crimes

Mooney, Carla. Rehab or Punishment: What to Do about Drug Crimes. Reference Point Press, 2020. 978-1-682-82739-0. 80 p. $34.00. Grades 9-12.

Mooney hones in on a specific viewpoint of crimes that involve drugs in this book. An introduction provides the background for the debate on how to effectively deal with individuals who are convicted of drug crimes. Five chapters outline what prison looks like for those who commit drug crimes, including what treatment and rehabilitation would look like in prison, as well as views on stronger laws to deter drug crimes, alternative sentencing programs, and an inside look at drug court. The book is enhanced with source notes, organizations to contact, further research resources, and an index.

THOUGHTS: Although specific, this title would be a good addition to high school libraries who need to update their criminal justice shelves.

364.6 Penology           Samantha Hull, Ephrata Area SD

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