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In 2011, less than half of all violent crimes found any resolution. Less than half. That means more than half of all violent offenders in 2011 are enjoying their freedom. What or who do we have to thank for this little kink in the criminal justice system?
In a video by Learn Liberty that has been floating around social media sites thanks to Upworthy.com, Professor Alex Kreit of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law explains how America’s “War on Drugs” is leaving violent criminals on the streets because law enforcement officers are using so much time and energy to arrest and incarcerate non-violent offenders for drug possession, including marijuana possession. In fact, 81% of all drug arrests are for simple possession.
Kreit then looks at other countries, giving evidence that when the government makes a distinction between violent and non-violent crimes, and treats addiction as an illness rather than a crime, the criminal justice system becomes leaner and more efficient.
The video’s final question: who are the real victims of the government’s war on drugs?
If you haven’t gotten around to watching The House I Live In, which is a documentary addressing the same question, watch this video in the meantime.
We also encourage you to visit the Learn Liberty website, where they provide action steps for individuals and organizations against the drug war. They point you to the Marijuana Policy Project, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. They’re doing great things for the legalization cause.
If you feel strongly about the message of the video, you can also help Learn Liberty make it go viral. On their website, they provide a link to tweet the video to several prominent figures who have made public statements about their support of marijuana legalization and their disgust at America’s drug war.