Criminal Justice Reform at the Front End
June 13, 2016

“Trying to fix the criminal justice system by lavishing attention on the back end of the system is like trying to fix a leaky roof by investing in a better mop… In short, we’re sending addicts to prison in alarming numbers. And this survey, though it is the most recent available, is now more than a decade old, which means it does not reflect the ravages of the heroin and prescription pain killer epidemics … And it is no answer to point out that we have shuttered our out-of-custody treatment facilities. Sending addicts to prison so they can get treatment is like sending children to reform school so they can escape gun violence.”

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