Every year the War on Drugs sends over a million people to prison for non-violent crimes, wastes billions of dollars, and perpetuates the cycle of violence in our cities.
Why is it still going on? And what can be done about it?
“The guilt, regret, and introspection apparent in these former cops is striking — and admirable,” wrote Cato Institute policy analyst Radley Balko.
It’s time to admit the War on Drugs was bad policy then, is bad policy now, and needs to end, and the sooner the better, says Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
Ending the War on Drugs would virtually eliminate the violence from our streets overnight, ending the shootouts between police and drug dealers, as well as wrongful police raids on innocent people, not only saving money but saving lives as well.
It would free our police to go after real violent criminals, such as murderers, rapists and the like. It would prevent people who have done nothing to harm anyone else from ever seeing the inside of a prison, where they don’t belong in the first place. And while legalization alone won’t undo all the damage to our country the War on Drugs has caused, it would be a very good start.