Inquirer Letters Extra: Warehousing addicts a waste

Dwight D. Eisenhower, mastermind of D-Day, wrote that, "Every gun . . . made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed."

To that, I would add that every addict warehoused in prison, every alcoholic locked behind bars instead of treated, every dollar spent on our dysfunctional prisons instead of warning the public of the true dangers of drugs (most crime is drug-related) is a theft of people's potential, a distraction of valuable police resources, a waste of talented lawyers' time, and a senseless plundering of citizens' tax dollars.

Let us truly reform what has become a prison industrial complex by addressing effectively the thorn in the criminal-justice system: the so-called war on drugs - one costly, misguided, and hugely failed policy. Parnershipfordrugfree.org offers the sensible solution.

Ken Abraham, former Delaware deputy attorney general, Dover, kenabraham3138@gmail.com

 

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