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  • Fifty-nine percent of rape cases and 36.2 percent of murders in the United States are

  • never solved. In 2011, less than half of all violent crimes found any resolution. It sort

  • of makes you wonder, why are so many violent criminals walking free?

  • I'm Alex Kreit, professor of criminal law. To start, let's take a look at New York City.

  • Since Michael Bloomberg has been mayor, police have spent 1 million man hours working 440,000

  • arrests forget thismarijuana possession. That's a lot of police busting parties instead

  • of tracking down violent criminals.

  • This goes beyond any one city or state. Nationwide, we would save $41.3 billion every year by

  • ending the war on drugs. That's tens of millions of man hours in investigation, office work,

  • and court appearances for drug cases. We're choosing to direct these law enforcement resources

  • to crimes other than rapes and murders, only to end up arresting and incarcerating large

  • numbers of nonviolent offenders.

  • Worse yet, the war on drugs doesn't even work. In the United States, 7 million people are

  • under correctional supervision, many for drug-related charges. Eighty-one percent of all drug arrests

  • are for simple possession. That's millions of people in the system who never restrained,

  • assaulted, killed, or abused another person. And despite the money and time spent, it's

  • never been easier to buy drugs.

  • Compare that to Portugal, which decriminalized the personal use of all drugs 12 years ago.

  • Since then, there's evidence that their criminal justice system has become leaner and more

  • efficient. They chose to treat addiction as an illness, not a crime, and to make a meaningful

  • distinction between violent and nonviolent offenders. This has also, unsurprisingly,

  • helped those most vulnerable to the harms of controlled substances by decreasing their

  • use among children and lowering the number of new HIV infections.

  • Who in our society is in pain, and how can we help them? We can direct more resources

  • to prosecute violent offenders, actual criminals who leave behind victims and survivors. We

  • can ensure every single victim of assault or sexual violence a full and credible investigation

  • of their claims.

  • Even if we disagree on the legal status of drugs, can't we make that guarantee to victims

  • first? We should ask ourselves, who are the real victims of the government war on drugs?

Fifty-nine percent of rape cases and 36.2 percent of murders in the United States are

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