Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 Source: USA Today (US) Copyright: 2011 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc Contact: http://mapinc.org/url/625HdBMl Website: http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/index.htm Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/466 Author: R. Sloan Wilson STOP 'WAR ON DRUGS' It is a national disgrace that about one in every 31 adults in America is in jail or on supervised release. Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel highlight the problem and offer five suggestions to address the issue. I have a suggestion that could reduce the numbers of people who have to go to prison and that would benefit society. It would do the following: Recognize a problem that should be medically treated and not incarcerated. Reduce crime with the cataclysmic drop in the price of street drugs, making it no longer necessary to rob, assault or kill to feed an addiction. Go a long way toward balancing city, county, state and federal budgets by cutting law enforcement, shrinking the need for prisons, and freeing up crowded court dockets. Yes, it is time we recognize the absolute failure of the so-called war on drugs -- with its bankrupting expense -- and decriminalize drug use. America has a habit of not getting rid of things that don't work. We can do better. R. Sloan Wilson Rye, N.H. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.