Sara - posted on 05/27/2009 ( 51 moms have responded )
I posted this on Obama Mamas, but I am interested to see how you all feel about it....
I have a friend who's stepson just spent the last 10 years in prison for drug dealing. I was surprised to learn though talking to him (he's extremely bright) that if you are convicted of a drug felony, you cannot get student loans from the government to go to school, and you cannot take classes while in jail that would count towards a college degree. I think this is counterproductive! Basically, if you are a murder/rapist/child molester, you can earn credits towards college while in prison on my tax dollar, but if you've dealt drugs...forget it! I thought the point of prison was to rehabilitate, but this seems like it is punishing a particular group of people who, to me, would be the easiest to rehabilitate by giving them other options. Maybe it's just me, but I think the War on Drugs is a complete waste of money and time, especially if this is how it is playing out in real people's lives. You can still get marijuana/crack/heroin, so i'm not sure it's really been effective. I think if even a fraction of the money we have spent on the War on Drugs was put towards education and programs to help people escape poverty, then that would have more of an impact in lessening drug use/dealing. What do you think?