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Prison cell with bed inside Alcatraz main building san francisco californiaThe Obama administration has just announced plans to cut minimum sentences for some drug offenses.Attorney General Eric Holder said that minimum sentences would not be enforced for non-violent drug offenders with no gang or cartel ties. The Attorney General advocated sending users to drug rehab instead. This is the end of a policy started in the 1980s as the War on Drugs, which instead of stopping drugs, has resulted in one of the largest prison populations in the world and hits minorities the hardest.

More information at BBC News.

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3 Comments

JaniceAugust 12, 2013 at 11:57 am

This is long overdue in my opinion! We can all have our own opinions on drug use, but compared with the many other crimes that are out there, drug users are relatively harmless. They may be a danger to themselves, but it’s really not necessary to make them serve the same sentences as thieves, rapists, and violent criminals. There’s no need to put them in jail with these kinds of people, either.

 

JaniceAugust 12, 2013 at 11:57 am

Yes, it speaks very badly of our legal system when a man gets the same sentence for carrying an ounce of marijuana as he would for beating his wife or his child. Where’s the justice in that? Marijuana is decriminalized where I live, but I would go for outright legalization. Tobacco and alcohol are both much worse, and much more addictive.

 

JaniceAugust 12, 2013 at 11:57 am

I don’t even think that rehab is necessary. It’s just as much of an interruption in our lives, and can ruin the offender’s life for no good reason. A man could lose his job or run into financial difficulties if he’s made to go away to rehab, just like jail. They make such a big deal over things like this, it’s insane. I can see if it’s a recklessness problem like DUI though.

 

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