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NEW YORK - Reversing decades of tough-on-crime policies, including mandatory minimum prison sentences for some drug offenders, many cash-strapped states are embracing a view once dismissed as dangerously naive: It costs far less to let some felons go free than to keep them locked up.
It is a theory that has long been pushed by criminal justice advocates and liberal politicians -- that some felons, particularly those convicted of minor drug offenses, would be better served by treatment, parole or early release for good behavior
Originally posted by Karlhungis
End the war on drugs and your prison capacity problems will end with it. The problem is that the states may be losing money on the prison system but MANY other people are still making a fortune off of it. The war on drugs will never end.
Originally posted by JadetteWhile I have my doubts that few people can and do use drugs responsibly