Pubdate: Wed, 30 Oct 2002
Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN)
Copyright: 2002 The Knoxville News-Sentinel Co.
Author: Jason Marrs
Bookmark: (Incarceration)


Editor, the News-Sentinel:

I am writing to say that I agree with the letter to the editor written by 
Robert Sharp on Sept. 27.

We need to change our strategy in fighting drug abuse. Our current policies 
have only made the problem worse.

It is time we focus our vast drug-war resources on a strategy that is 
proven to work. Several other countries around the world have learned that, 
by separating marijuana from the hard drug market and by diverting more 
funds to education and treatment, they can better address the problem of 
drug use.

I wish America would wake up to that fact. I am sick of seeing violent 
criminals being released in order to make room for non-violent drug offenders.

I'm also sick of my country having the highest rate of incarceration in the 

Jason Marrs

Ossining, N.Y.
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