| | Re: Mass incarceration in America
IMO, the solution starts with dealing with drug use as a public health issue, rather than a criminal one. That starts with legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana, and using the taxes to fund treatment programs rather than courts and incarceration. The added benefits are that the dealers lose a cash crop and access to customers that just want pot and nothing stronger, and that kids would have a tougher time getting it from a street dealer (the same way street dealers aren't out there pushing beer to kids in a big way).
I'm ambivalent about other drugs. But, I would like to see the results of this test with marijuana.