Sunday, November 02, 2008

Criminal Justice Reform Now

Towns in ultra-liberal Arkansas:

The local grassroots organization Sensible Fayetteville is sponsoring an initiative that would make enforcement of adult marijuana possession laws the lowest law enforcement priority. It also includes language mandating city officials to write an annual letter to their state and federal representatives notifying them of the city's position and urging them to adopt a similar one. If the measure passes, Fayetteville will become the second Arkansas community to adopt such an ordinance. Nearby Eureka Springs did so in 2007.

That we have one of the three highest jail rates for nonviolent drug offenses in the United States is reprehensible. If Fayetteville and Eureka Springs, Arkansas can move in a positive direction, so can we.

For a complete rundown of drug policy reform initiatives on various state and local ballots around the country, check this out.

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