LAW ENFORCEMENT and DRUG POLICY

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND DRUG POLICY

Our state’s approach to law enforcement and corrections needs serious reform. The so-called “war on drugs” has failed, and we only need to look to other countries to see that decriminalizing drugs and offering people treatment instead of incarceration is the way to effectively combat this problem. Bail bond reform is also necessary, and the racial and class discrimination that underpins the current system needs to be dismantled. We should turn our attention to the kinds of policies that actually work in both helping people with substance addictions, which should be treated first and foremost as a public health crisis and not a criminal issue, and saving our much needed public law enforcement resources for protecting our communities from the real criminal threats. Marijuana should be legalized, and all people incarcerated for its possession should be released, especially from prisons which privately profit off of their imprisonment.