Rand Paul: We're wasting prison space on non-violent drug offenders
We certainly are.
The drug war in most respects, if not all respects (and it seems to be ALL respects), is a colossal failure. Locking people up for the possession of drugs in unwise.
First, why do it in a free country? If someone wants to use drugs that is their prerogative. Once one steps out into the commons however it becomes a different matter. In this country if you want to micturate on your property so be it. Just don't do it in my yard, because then we have a beef.
That's how we should deal with drugs. If there's a problem deal with it. If there isn't a problem why create new ones in the name of neo-puritainism?
To be clear we are not advocating drug use. Frankly these days we can't even advocate for the ingestion of cheeseburgers. But neither eating a quarter pounder or smoking a joint should be any reason for someone to end up in jail.
Get stoned and drive, hurt someone or property then that has to be addressed. Otherwise, in a free society, or at least one that SEEKS to be free, we should leave people alone.
Plus it costs less.
Paul added, “With regard to criminal justice reform, I think it brings both left and right together. Ninety-five percent of people who are in prison, right now, are getting out. They’re going to live in your neighborhood. They’re going to live in your town. Wouldn’t we prefer that they actually learn some skills in prison and learn about work versus going back and being a criminal, again? I think there are a lot of things that right and left came come together on in criminal justice reform. The fact that there are people on the left that I don’t like their ideas on most other things doesn’t mean I can’t like some of their ideas.”