… on how not to handle drug policy.
A good article: Ottawaâ€™s drug problem: The penalty doesnâ€™t fit the crime by Edward Greenspan and Anthony Doob.
…the answer to offending â€œdoes not lie in simply building more prisons and getting more police. If that were true, then the United States would be the safest place on Earth.â€ […]
Imprisonment is very costly and, if itâ€™s being justified as a means to address drug problems or achieve public safety, the government needs to demonstrate that imprisonment is the most cost-effective way of achieving reduction in drug use, production and trafficking. It wonâ€™t be able to do this. Interestingly, it never tried. […]
By addressing sentencing for drug offences in an unprincipled and incoherent manner and by suggesting that its new set of drug sentences will help address Canadaâ€™s drug problem, the government is doomed to failure on two counts: It will not address Canadaâ€™s drug problems, and it will make sentences less coherent than they are at the moment.
It’s fascinating to see our disaster through outside eyes. Fortunately, there are some that can see what should be obvious to all.