It has to do with donuts, weirdly.
Judge Robert Francis sees a lot of drug offenders in his courtroom.
Enough to know that if he sends them to prison...
"Nothing's gonna change."
How does he know that? One word:
Yep, you read that right.
Judge Francis loves donuts.
Loves 'em loves 'em loves 'em.
He loves them so much that he knows that if you sent him to prison for a year and told him he couldn't have donuts, the first thing he'd do when he got out would be to run down to the nearest donut shop and go hog wild.
It wouldn't change his behavior. It would just make him crave donuts even harder.
Seriously. He actually says he'd eat a dozen donuts every morning.
And if you think about how addictive we know cocaine, meth, and heroin are, you can imagine how much harder it is for many drug offenders to control their cravings when they get released.
According to Judge Francis, putting people in jail doesn't solve the problem. It only delays it. It might even make it worse. That's why it makes so much more sense to prescribe treatment.
It's an interesting theory. And it really seems to make sense. What do you think?