To the editor:
I see in the papers where the office of district attorney has held a grand jury hearing that generated 38 indictments. Out of curiosity, I divided and then added the divisions. The result: Theft, forgery and hot check, 3; auto theft, 3; injury to a child, 1; tampering with evidence, 1; total, 8.
I divided out the other cases that involved offense related to the two items that people inhale or swallow into their bodies, that are habit-forming: Driving while intoxicated, 4; evading arrest and assault on an officer, 5; possession of a drug, 21; total, 30.
I remember that alcohol was prohibited for 13 years (1920-1933). The jails filled up. Then it was legalized. Jail populations fell 60 percent. So did taxes.
Possession of drugs was not a crime. Then the politicians made possession of drugs a crime. The jails filled. Taxpayers began pouring out billions to pay for jails. The politicians who made possession a crime also voted to create privately-owned companies to run jails for profit. I imagine the owners of these companies give some of their profits to the politicians. Otherwise, why have them? Taxpayers paid more taxes for cars, guns, radios, food, uniforms and for the jails for profit. Drug addicts began stealing and robbing and killing to get money to buy drugs. The guys who sell drugs gave freebies to young people to get them hooked, creating more customers. These now-hooked drug addicts began stealing, robbing and killing to get money to buy drugs.
Legalizing alcohol made for a better civilization in 1933. About 20 states recently eased up on building jails to house people hooked on drugs that we branded as criminals. These states would legalize marijuana, but our federal senators, congressmen and the president won’t let them.
In the 20 states, the drug lords would not be able to sell any more drugs for profit. Our southern border would be more secure and neighborhoods better. It worked with alcohol.
I wonder if we should…
George A. Day
Colonel JAG USAR (Ret.)