Transforming Drug Laws in the United States: From Retributive to Restorative Justice


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Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:26:21

Penn Jilette (of Penn & Teller) has always voiced his opinion so eloquently:



Wed, 15 Apr 2009 13:25:52

I think that the US policy toward drug offenders is far too heavy handed and really only results in unnecessary jail time instead trying to rehabilitate the offenders. This needs to change.



Wed, 15 Apr 2009 13:35:52

"The Victims" page pointed out some of many structural violences in the American legal system. Ultimately, we need to figure out a solution to that problem as well. Rehabilitation is certainly a more appropriate judicial response to lesser crimes in America including some drug offenses. I believe France has a more restorative judicial system than the US, just one example.



Wed, 15 Apr 2009 18:14:46

The Harm Reduction Strategy is definitely a much more effective way to handle the drug problem in the US. Simply incarcerating offenders does not address the actual drug problem of the offender. Also, it only crams already crowded jails that will receive less state funding in the current economy.


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