It’s a well-known fact that the prisons in the US are filled with people who have committed non-violent drug related crimes. Many of these people are habitual drug users, and the only crime they have committed is the possession of an illegal substance. Study after study has proven that they need help more than punishment. Unfortunately, these people are placed in the same prisons as more hardened criminals, including drug kingpins, murders, rapists, and other habitual offenders and perpetrators of violent crimes. This typically does more harm than good. Here non-violent drug offenders can learn how to be better criminals and become influenced by people who will convince them that a life of lime crime is the only option, rather than getting the help they need to overcome their addictions and turn their life around.
While speaking at an NCCPA convention, President Obama called for a reduction or an elimination of the mandatory minimum for non-violent drug offenders. The declaration came only a day after he announced that he was a commuting the sentences of 46 non-violent offenders who committed drug-related offences.
This is welcome news to anyone who is worried about overcrowded prisons and the high incarceration rate in the US. Obama says a plan is in the works to introduce a bill that will work towards this goal and that he hopes to sign it before the end of the year.