Pubdate: Fri, 14 Dec 2007
Source: Texas Observer (TX)
Copyright: 2007 The Texas Observer
Author: Robert Sharpe


Texas is one of many states grappling with overcrowded prisons 
("Break the Chain," November 16). Throughout the nation, states 
facing budget shortfalls are pursuing alternatives to incarceration 
for nonviolent drug offenders.

Incarcerating non-violent drug offenders alongside hardened criminals
is the equivalent of providing them with a taxpayer-funded education
in anti-social behavior.

Turning drug users into unemployable ex-cons is a senseless waste of
tax dollars.

It's time to declare peace in the failed drug war and begin treating
all substance abuse, legal or otherwise, as the public health problem
it is. Destroying the futures and families of citizens who make
unhealthy choices doesn't benefit anyone.

Robert Sharpe

Policy Analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, D.C.
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