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  • Jail time

    Yes, I personally think that even nonviolent drug users and offenders should serve jail time. Although I do think that they should be in a less security prison away from the violent people. It is the law and it is illegal. What kind of example would that set for kids when they see them get off free?

  • The law is the law.

    Yes, there are no exceptions to breaking the law. If we want zero tolerance, all offenders must serve their time. Maybe non-violent offenders can serve less time or at least community service but they must pay dues. Drugs are damaging to the body. It sets a bad example for kids when a drug user gets off easy.

  • Yes, non violent drug users deserve jail time

    I believe drug users deserve jail time because they are breaking the law. It doesn't matter if they are violent or not, because they are still doing something against the law. If drug users know that they could possibly receive jail, many would try stopping. People argue that drug users need treatment like rehab but what if the drug user relapses after rehab and doesn't get help?

  • Yes, non violent drug users deserve jail time

    I believe drug users deserve jail time because they are breaking the law. It doesn't matter if they are violent or not, because they are still doing something against the law. If drug users know that they could possibly receive jail, many would try stopping. People argue that drug users need treatment like rehab but what if the drug user relapses after rehab and doesn't get help?

  • yes, nonviolent drug users should serve jail time.

    Non violent drug users should still be required to serve jail time. The amount of jail time would obviously be less then a violent criminal. However, the amount of time would need to be determined by a court of law like it is currently. There is no reason for us to change that.

  • Use Jail Time To Dry Out

    Yes, nonviolent drug users should serve jail time. Even though not all drug users are violent, they should still be required to serve jail time. Drug users are throwing their lives away and causing emotional distress to those who care about them. Requiring them to serve jail time may be a way to dry them out and get them started on a new life.

  • No Jail Time !

    They Should Not Be Sentenced To Jail Because Its A Waste Of Money And space. Now these criminals are viewed negatively by the public because the people view them as a threat. But a non-violent drug offender is not a threat to the public. Now if you want non-violent drug offenders to serve prison time, there should be a huge bump in funding for services and programs in prison that are focused on rehabilitation and helping these people to stay away from drugs and trouble when they are let out of prison.

  • Should nonviolent drug users serve jail time?

    PUTTING DRUG ADDICTS IN OUR PRISONS IS INHUMANE IN MY OPINION. BEING A RECOVERING drug addict and alcoholic...I know many people over my 44 years of life and I've only come across a handful of people over 1000 or more drug user convicts that ever was taught a lesson by being punished by locking them up with other drug addicts and dealers that didnt learn more ways to plan their next use lifetime c or new contacts to help him and support him on normally what ends up being a lifetimer instead of shockibg them into sobriety. Give me a break. They need HELP NOT MORE EDUCATION ON BEING A USER !

  • Costs of the war on drugs far outweigh the benefits.

    The U.S. And other countries who ban drugs only exacerbate the problem they "wish to address." The high demand market becomes black and criminals take it over. This drives up the murder rate and violence in general as violence is the only way to resolve conflict "safely" in a black market. The harsher punishments on nonviolent drug abuse involving decades of hard time in max security prisons only encourage criminals to expand their services to more morally repugnant markets like human trafficking, sex slave trade etc. This is because the penalties are as severe for drugs as they are for more disgusting crimes in many cases. Criminal organizations realize this and decide they might as well get in on more profitable "services" if they are already risking so much with petty drug trading. When you begin to see the drug trade as a market (which it is) things become much more clear. Keep in mind the high demand of "consumers" in the U.S. Drive up this terrible violence in other countries. Notable among this group are Mexico/Central America as the violent drug cartels destroy their own countries. The drug war has failed for the people. Drug use has only increased since its beginning and violence has skyrocketed. We need to look at the dynamic effects of governmental policy on our society. The truth is, they rack up tons of money and gain more power with every new measure to "clean up the streets and keep people from wrecking their lives. The result is actually increasing crime and an ever growing abuse rate. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STAY OUT AND DRUG USERS SHOULD NOT GO TO JAIL JUST AS ALCOHOLICS DO NOT GO TO JAIL. We saw the effects during prohibition of this type of policy but we refuse to apply the same reasoning today. The double standard between how we treat alcohol/alcoholism and drugs/drug users is ridiculous. Please use reason and be philosophically consistent.

  • Non-violent drug related offenses that result in incarceration act not to help society, but rather as a hinderance to the well being of society.

    Those who are incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses are 90% more likely to re-offend and 93% more likely to be unemployed upon being released from prison than those that are not incarcerated for this behavior. This evidence supports the claim that incarcerating non-violent offenders leads to a cyclic burden on society that drains resources to house, feed, monitor, sentence, and re-arrest offenders. Not only does this stance on non-violent offenders serve as a barrier to rehabilitation, it also imposes huge costs on tax-payers as these inmates must be housed, fed, monitored, sentenced, and arrested. The toll on society is staggering.

  • Revenue, revenue, revenue.

    Not the easiest question to answer. In certain drug trades, users are supporting horrible, widespread violence just by purchasing drugs like coke and meth. But in the most common scenario absolutely not. Prison should be reserved for people that intentionally inflict harm on other individuals. The government actually benefits from "the war on drugs". Not only do the wealthy drug dealers spend tons of money which outweighs the tax money they'd provide from a minimum wage job tenfold, but the misdemeanor charges the simple users are burdened with produce a ton of money for our government as well.

  • Lower the penalties

    It is ridiculous that my friend is going prison and being fined upwards of $10,000 because he had a personal stash of drugs on him. I was in court the other day and witnessed someone who was texting while driving, lost control of a truck and killed someone on a motorcycle, get a $1300 fine, 28 days and jail, and the rest of a year after that to serve on probation. Said friend has been denied bond until his court date and has sat in jail for a month and a half so far, and might be facing 10-15 years in prison. It is breaking him down as a person, because he is not a criminal, he is a sweet, loving young man with a drug problem. You tell me.

  • Weldon Angelos 55 years mandatory for selling $1800.00 . . . Rerally? There go's our socical security and Medicare.

    Weldon Angelos was sentenced to 55 years mandatory for selling $1800.00 of marijuana. He entered prison at twenty-four years of age, leaving behind two small children, he will not be released before his 79th birthday without a Presidential Pardon. Hell yes this is unfair!!! Especially, when George Zimmerman killed a kid and got ZERO time.
    Folks, Congress wants budget cuts, let’s start here.

  • Reduce jail sentencing for non-violent marijuana crimes!

    My fiance could be facing 5-40 years in prison for a marijuana drug crime. He is the most giving and likable person I have ever met. He has never harmed or hurt anyone. He has already lost every dime he has and I get so upset thinking about him going away. All of this because of a plant... Reduce jail sentencing for non-violent drug crimes!

  • Jail punishment is not commensurate for non-violent drug users!

    The punishment should fit the crime. Drugs should be looked upon as more of a health issue. It's tragic to see casual non-violent users' lives ruined by a criminal record. They should be rehabilitated, especially if they express regret and a desire to go clean. And on a more pragmatic level, there will always be drug users no matter what moralists think; if everything were legalized or at least decriminalized, it would reduce the risks of users taking mishandled substanes.

    However, I am all for strict laws about driving or causing public disorder whilst under the influence. If people are going to take drugs recreationally, there should also be strict by-laws so that they aren't used in inappropriate settings or around children.

  • Non- violent drug users should not be put behind bars!

    The punishment should fit the crime. Drugs should be looked upon as more of a health issue. It's tragic to see casual non-violent users' lives ruined by a criminal record. They should be rehabilitated, especially if they express regret and a desire to go clean. And on a more pragmatic level, there will always be drug users no matter what moralists think; if everything were legalized or at least decriminalized, it would reduce the risks of users taking mishandled substanes.

    However, I am all for strict laws about driving or causing public disorder whilst under the influence. If people are going to take drugs recreationally, there should also be strict by-laws so that they aren't used in inappropriate settings or around children.


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