Pubdate: Sat, 06 Aug 2005
Source: Dallas Morning News (TX)
Copyright: 2005 The Dallas Morning News
Author: Kirk Muse
Bookmark: (Incarceration)


Keeping the ingredients of meth behind the counter is certainly a lot 
better solution than the previous non-solution of building more and bigger 

Oklahoma learned the hard way that the so-called "tough on drugs" policies 
don't work and are very expensive. Largely because of their "tough on 
drugs" policies, Oklahoma became the fourth-highest state for incarcerations.

Largely because of our war on drugs policies, the U.S. has been transformed 
into the most-incarcerated nation in history. Even though we in the U.S. 
have fewer than 5 percent of the world's population, we have more than 25 
percent of the world's prisoners. What message does this send to the rest 
of the world?

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz. 
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