Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Zero-Tolerance Drug Policies Are Terrible, Get Rid of Them

That's what schools in LA are doing. Thank fuck.

Under previous policies, students would face arrest or citations for nonviolent violations including possessing alcohol or marijuana on campus. Now, such students will be sent to the principle’s office or be given mandatory counseling.

Talking to kids about their behavior instead of arresting them! What a concept!

This is fantastic. I want this to become a trend and I want it to explode. Treating kids like they're adults is never a good idea. That doesn't mean you treat them like they're inferior, just remember that when your brain is still developing, it's a hell of a lot harder to get over traumatic experiences like JAIL. FFS.

But also there should be no zero-tolerance three-strike throw-you-in-jail-for-way-longer-than-rapists drug policies for adults, either. Drug experimentation and occasional use is normal and hurts no one. Addiction is a disease, not a crime.

And as System of the Down would say, "All research and successful drug policy shows that treatment should be increased, and law enforcement decreased while abolishing MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES."

“There are enough studies that show bringing them into the justice system is really more of a slippery slope that leads to negative outcomes and poor futures,” Michael Nash, presiding judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Courts, told the New York Times.

More counseling. More mental health treatment. Abolish the school-to-prison pipeline. Stop setting kids up to go straight to jail by arresting them for bullshit. Stop.

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