Thursday, September 29, 2011

California Counties Set to Gain Authority to End Incarceration for Drug Possession

As of Saturday, October 1st, when Assembly Bill 109 (called "Realignment") takes effect, most people convicted of drug possession in California will no longer be sent to state prison but will be kept under supervision in their home county. AB 109 gives counties increased flexibility in responding to low-level offenses like personal drug possession, including innovative alternatives to conviction and incarceration. Advocates call on counties to use this new authority to end incarceration for drug possession and relapse, and to implement health-centered drug policies instead.

This is certainly a step in the right direction in the attempt by many to end the failed War on Drugs!

Read the full article here.

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