In our state, we established over 20 drug courts, that gave people an alternative course, rather than just putting them in prison, giving them the opportunity to get what they really needed, which is off the addiction. Weíve got to quit locking up all the people that weíre mad at and lock up the people that weíre really afraid of, the people who are sexual predators and violent offenders. I would go for more drug courts and for a lot less incarceration of drug-addicted people.
A: I would like to believe that if we had a freer society, it would take care of Blacks and whites and everybody equally because weíre all individuals. To me, that is so important. But if we had equal justice under the law, I think it would be a big improvement. If we had probably a repeal of most of the federal laws on drugs and the unfairness on how Blacks are treated with these drugs laws, it would be a tremendous improvement. And also, I think that if youíre going to have prosperity, it serves everybody. And if this is done by emphasizing property rights and freedom of the individuals, making sure that the powerful special interests donít control Washington, that the military industrial complex doesnít suck away all the wealth of the country, and then we would have prosperity.
A: A system designed to protect individual liberty will have no punishments for any group and no privileges. Today, I think inner-city folks and minorities are punished unfairly in the war on drugs. For instance, Blacks make up 14% of those who use drugs, yet 36 percent of those arrested are Blacks and it ends up that 63% of those who finally end up in prison are Blacks. This has to change. We donít have to have more courts and more prisons. We need to repeal the whole war on drugs. It isnít working. We have already spent over $400 billion since the early 1970s, and it is wasted money. Prohibition didnít work. Prohibition on drugs doesnít work. So we need to come to our senses. And, absolutely, itís a disease. We donít treat alcoholics like this. This is a disease, and we should orient ourselves to this. That is one way you could have equal justice under the law.
|Candidates and political leaders on Drugs:|
Incoming Obama Administration:
Outgoing Bush Administration:
2008 Presidential contenders:
AIP: Frank McEnulty
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP VP: Gov.Sarah Palin
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Independent: Ralph Nader
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
NAIP: Amb.Alan Keyes
Socialist: Brian Moore
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