Pubdate: Wed, 04 Aug 2004
Source: Racine Journal Times, The (WI)
Copyright: 2004, The Racine Journal Times
Author: Kirk Muse
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Thanks for publishing Robert Sharpe's outstanding letter: "Jail
Overcrowding" (8-01-04).

I'd like to add that many judges and prison wardens have said that 70 to 90
percent of all property crime and violent crime is "drug-related."

Actually almost 100 percent of all so-called "drug-related crime" is caused
by drug prohibition policies - not drugs.

When Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine and sold for 5 cents a
bottle, the term "drug-related crime" didn't exist. Neither did drug lords,
drug cartels or even drug dealers as we know them today.

Many currently employed in law enforcement are opposed to the idea of
re-legalizing all types of recreational drugs. That's because if drugs were
re-legalized, we would need far fewer law enforcement personnel, far fewer
prison guards and no prison builders.

Thus, many now employed in law enforcement and the prison industry would be
looking for a job or washing cars for a living.

Of course, those opposed to re-legalizing drugs because it would affect
their livelihood will not admit it. Instead they will cite noble reasons
such as protecting the children.

As if the current policies are protecting children from drugs.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.
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