Pubdate: Fri, 03 Jan 2003
Source: Kansas City Star (MO)
Copyright: 2003 The Kansas City Star
Author: Redford Givens


With most states mired in severe budget deficits, Kansas is misguided in 
considering expanding its prison system (12/18). Other states are looking 
to save the $20,000-plus per year per inmate expense of incarcerating 
marijuana smokers and other nonviolent offenders.

Ending drug prohibition would solve the problem of overflowing prisons and 
would reduce the robberies and property crimes being committed to buy drugs.

Releasing the people in Kansas prisons for drug possession who have no 
history of crimes against people would save the state of Kansas millions 
per year.

One has a hard time understanding why people who have done no wrong to 
their fellow man are doing hard time.

Redford Givens

San Francisco
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