Michael Douglas's son still has five more years behind bars before he walks free in 2018, but he's speaking out about his punishment and he clearly doesn't think jail is the right solution for his problem!
Cameron Douglas was sentenced to five years in prison back in 2010 for narcotics distribution, and his sentence was extended when he was caught trying to acquire drugs in prison. While he admits that he has a problem and broke the rules, he feels that he would be better served getting treatment for his addiction rather than rotting behind bars.
"Instead of focusing on how many individuals this county can keep imprisoned, why can we not focus on how many individuals we can keep from coming back?"
Cameron also said he feels as though he's stuck in a "vicious cycle of relapse and repeat, as most addicts are" and that his time in prison "does absolutely nothing but temporarily deter (addicts) from succumbing to their weakness."
He isn't the only one who feels there's a major flaw in the system either, as Judge Guido Calabresi expressed similar feelings, saying:
"The multiple costs of our imprisonment approach – including the expense of filling our prisons with drug addicts, to mention just a base economic cost – impel me to express the hope that Congress may someday seek out a different way of dealing with this problem."
We're definitely not saying that Cameron doesn't deserve to be punished, because he DID break the law by selling drugs. But is prison really the right answer?
Do we really think his time in jail will completely cure him of his addiction once he's released years from now?
We were admittedly shocked when we first heard the extent of his punishment, and we can't help but feel as though rehab might be a little more helpful for his problem.
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