Stephen G. Cobb - Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

Crime And Treatment Introduction


Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments.

Welcome to Florida Criminal Law. We are now going to talk about what has become my absolute favorite subject, and that is Crime and Treatment. You are probably wondering what the heck is Crime and Treatment. All I have ever heard about is crime and punishment and I am here to tell you that is the problem. Every time you hear somebody say, “Let’s lock somebody up in jail and just throw away the key”, I always ask a hard question. How much are you willing to have the taxes go up? Because it is going to cost an average of $50 a day. So, every time the judge’s gavel drops and somebody goes out the backdoor, that costs you, the taxpayers money. Now, what if we had a better system where it was focused on taking non-violent offenders and those that are violent but not permanent dangerous and basically fixing them, getting them the proper treatment they need so that they can be law-abiding citizens? That makes a lot of sense.

And some states like Florida have taken steps in that direction. For example, in cases where people commit crimes that are directly related to drug use, we have drug court. For veterans who have been the victims of combat and other things they have experienced while on the planet, we have veteran’s court. We also have a number of other type of treatment programs in Florida; they just have one thing in common. They hardly ever work. And in our next video, we are going to talk about why they do not work and how to make them work.

Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments.

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