From Huffington Post…
Our nation is making a treacherous tradeoff: wasteful spending on an ineffective “War on Drugs” at the expense of the youth, families, and working folks who are the engine of a thriving economy.
It’s a timely topic on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, given his fight against what he called the “twin injustices” of segregation and poverty.
Today, legal segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration, which disproportionately affects Blacks and Latinos and worsens poverty.
The almost $70 billion a year we’re squandering to imprison hundreds of thousands of people in prisons, immigrant detention facilities, and juvenile lockup is a shackle that’s holding our country back.