Top Christian Organization Calls for Creative Proportional Responses to Possession Crimes
Are traditional responses to drugs working? Is justice being served in courtrooms across America? The Drug Report: A Review of America's Disparate Possession Penalties, a new study on drug penalties by Prison Fellowship®, looks at how punishments for illegal possession of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl vary from state to state.
Why is possession of illegal drugs punished so harshly? Does our justice system view some drugs as "worse" than others? Let's take a look.
Below are a few questions and answers drawn from The Drug Report.
WHAT IS THE REPORT ABOUT?
HOW ARE ILLICIT DRUGS CLASSIFIED?
HOW ARE PENALTIES FOR DRUG POSSESSION DETERMINED?
IT’S TIME FOR A NEW APPROACH
Current Drug laws are not working.
Prison Fellowship calls for a restorative approach to drug laws that prevents the misuse of controlled substances, breaks the cycle of addiction, and invests in consistent accountability that includes treatment and rehabilitation. We advocate for creative, proportional responses to drug possession that align with research and not traditional.
Prison Fellowship encourages lawmakers to embrace their creativity in crafting policy responses to drug possession in a way that is mindful of outcomes and avoids a criminal record where possible. States, as laboratories of democracy, should be spurring one another on in creating responses to possession crime that best solve the underlying problems of illegal drug use and addiction. We believe that penalties for possession crimes should be the same across schedules. The crime of possession, and the underlying problems associated with it, are the same regardless of the substance.
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