I just thought I'd chime in on what seems to be all the 'new rage'. Of epic fail of a governments idea of letting all these 'non-violent' drug offenders out. Let me clue you in on something that maybe you didn't think about. They are letting them out of PRISON, not the county lock up. Let me remind the gentle reader of what one must do to be locked up in PRISON for a non-violent crime, as you see your 'weekend user' and your 'partier' doesn't just get tossed into PRISON for smoking a joint.
Let's with the fact that I have talked to 1000's of people ADDICTED to drugs who all have multiple drug offenses, and even repeat ones ~ yet only a handful have actually been to prison and then only because violence WAS used!
So to end up in prison on a non-violent offense, you must be an extreme repeat offender and are most likely either selling on school grounds, bringing it in country, or selling enough volume to fall into the 'trafficking' category.
Let's also clear up ~ non-violent crime. Arson is on the non-violent list, so are illegals walking across the border. Everything from burglary of your home or car, prostitution, and vandalism are also non-violent crimes. So we should just let all the arsonists go, all the thieves, all the … well you get the point.
I'll give you one more stat ~ drug and alcohol abuse costs society over $110 billion a year in accidental death and injuries, health care, dependency treatment, criminal behavior, and more.
So … do you REALLY think it's a good idea to just let these people back out onto the streets? Do I think our system is broken? Yep. Do I think they might need treatment instead of jail time? Yep. What do I think about just letting them out? I think the people who think this is a good idea, are as high as the 26,000 people who accidentally overdose each year! These people didn't just 'fall' into prison because they smoked an occasional joint!
Who am I?
I have been called "Sirthinkalot" and "The mender of souls." I am an addiction specialist and a full-time psychology student on the way to Dr. Davis in clinical psychology. I am currently crusading for the expedited paradigm shift in addiction recovery!