Sunday, May 8, 2011
There would be no shortage of jail and prison space along with a demonstrable decrease in the costs to keep people behind bars because they are no longer taking up jail bed space. This would require states to redefine their drug laws and prescriptive sentencing parameters of drug offenses. The costs of incarceration for prohibition uses of drugs is out of line with results. Making Prohibition offenses infractions v. felony or misdemeanor issues would have a huge impact on the social costs of drug enforcement.
It is no secret THE GUARDIAN thinks the drug laws in this country are creating all kinds of social issues and crime statistics costing all of us a bundle of cash. Let the punishment fit the crime. Marijuana laws and incarceration are under reform all over the country. It would seem much more practical to stop putting people in jails and prisons for drug use and simply cite them for a "infraction" level issue rather than putting otherwise law abiding people in prison.
Mr. Paul does give us all fodder for the brain to digest and think about. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. We have 1/100 or nearly 3 million people in prison or jail in this country at a huge cost to taxpayers. People who are a clear and present danger to society need to be imprisoned. There are better ways to deal with nonviolent people not conforming to societal norms.
Here's a link to Mr. Paul's debate response on the Herion and drug issues in this country Congressman Ron Paul on Drugs
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 1:01 PM