I'm going to keep this short and simple in response to [the letter] “Let's Get Outraged, Folks” [Aug. 18, Xpress]. Albert Einstein once said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
It's time to apply that wisdom to the problem at hand: the war on drugs.
The war on drugs fits Einstein's definition perfectly in that regard. Our “elected leaders” keep throwing more and more debt/money into building more and more prisons to house more and more nonviolent offenders. Most of these prisons are privately owned, for-profit facilities built and kept on the taxpayer’s dime; [they] now house more people per capita than China's prisons.
Hey! This isn't working. It's worth repeating that this isn't working until everyone has the “Aha” moment. I won't trouble the reader with statistics, other than to say that the more tax dollars that are spent to “fight the war” the more addicts there are per capita. Is there a link? Of course there is.
Do drugs lead to crime? Only in an atmosphere of prohibition.
If it's been said once its been said a thousand times: lift the prohibition and drug-related crime will decrease dramatically.
Treatment technologies and centers will thrive. Most addicts don't want to be addicts. They are people like you and me.
There are plenty of proven treatments that can help them lift themselves from the clutches of addiction.
Bottom line: Prisons make beaucoups dollars for the elite who are running this country into the ground, devastating families and creating career criminals who throw rocks through car windows trying to get their next fix.
Wake up and just say NO to prohibition.
— Naiya Cassidy