From a drug court to a steep decline in prosecutions for petty drug possession, San Francisco’s criminal justice system has been moving away from the “war on drugs” model of policing by locking up drug addicts.
However, when law enforcement officials come into contact with a drug users, they still often end up in jail, even if for a short time.
The Police State just can’t help itself.
So San Francisco health officials are pursuing a new initiative that aims to divert even more drug living residents who rotate through the criminal justice system.
The new project is modeled on a 5-year-old Seattle-based program called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, which offers addicts and drug users a choice at the point of arrest: Take part in the program or go to jail.
LEAD takes low-level drug and alcohol offenders and funnels them to treatment, counseling, work and housing instead of County Jail.
In San Francisco, the police and health department, as well as prosecutors and public defenders and others in the criminal justice system, will take part in this program.
Of course, until they die, these citizens will be consuming as many drugs as possible. It’s what they do. It’s a war we can’t win.
Read the whole story in the San Francisco Examiner