Pubdate: Sat, 03 Jun 2017
Source: Wall Street Journal (US)
Copyright: 2017 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Author: Daniel Keleti
Note: Headline by newshawk


The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but this
hasn't solved our problems. There were a record 33,000 opioid deaths
in the U.S. in 2015. Our homicide rate is seven times the average of
21 Western developed nations, plus Japan.

Politicians are making jail the answer to addressing issues dealing with 
drug addiction, mental illness and violent crime. Yet jail doesn't seem 
to properly address these issues and often worsens the problems 
associated with them.

Let's elect politicians who will look at other developed countries
that have programs which have decreased drug addiction, properly
addressed mental illness and decreased violent crime, and then emulate
these programs. This will probably result in a smaller prison
population and less violence in this country.

Daniel Keleti

Leawood, Kan.
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