Drug addiction, especially heroin and methamphetamine addiction, is often the fuel for criminal behavior. Many offenders can be rehabilitated by effectively addressing their addiction in treatment programs rather than simply sentencing them to prison or jail time. Imprisonment generally leads to the offenders falling back into the same patterns of criminal behavior once released. The circle of repeat offenders costs the county money to repeatedly house them in the jails and bogs down the court system. Addressing the addiction should be our first course of action, when possible. Ultimately, offenders need to held accountable for their actions.