Both Sides Agree: Let’s Not Jail Addicts
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Both Sides Agree: Let’s Not Jail Addicts


Both Sides Agree- Let's Not Jail AddictsThere’s a piece in the San Francisco Gate on a proposal that would reduce the charge for all drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor. According to this story, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón is backing the idea, as is San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne.

“I think everybody sort of had this secret belief that—I probably shouldn’t say this out loud if I ever want to have dinner with my Republican friends again—but in the privacy of the voting booth, I’d support that,” the piece quotes a political strategist who is working on the bill as saying.

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It’s a thrilling piece all around—especially the quote from Lenore Anderson, the executive director of an organization called Californians for Safety and Justice: “There’s a feeling of, let’s go after recidivism through the treatment option.”

They’re still discussing issues around amounts (does the guy with an ounce get the same compassion as the guy with a gram?) but let’s hear it for people coming around to understand that incarcerating non-violent addicts doesn’t do anybody any good.

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Anna David is the founder and former CEO/Editor-in-Chief of After Party. She hosts the Light Hustler podcast, formerly known as the AfterPartyPod. She's also the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels Party Girl and Bought and the non-fiction books Reality Matters, Falling For Me, By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There and True Tales of Lust and Love. She's written for numerous magazines, including Playboy, Cosmo and Details, and appeared repeatedly on the TV shows Attack of the Show, The Today Show and The Talk, among many others.