> i agree our prisons are too crowded with low level offenses. however, doesnt lowering
> the consequence on the harder stuff create the danger of more crime? do we see increased
> muggings, robberies and assaults for these people doing whatever they have to in
> order to afford their next fix?
Theft and assault should always remain crimes.
> i also personally dont want to be on the roads with
> my kids and drunk 18-19 year olds. would we stiffen the penalties for drinking
> and driving? 20 somethings cant manage themselves, teenagers surely cant.
I don't want to be on the road with anyone drunk of any age. DUI should be a crime. 18 is the age of a legal adult. I agree a lot of 18, 19 year old are immature. Should we move the age of legal adult then and/or move the draft to 21? This also means that 18, 19 year olds would be treated as juveniles when committing heinous crimes like murder. Too much inconsistency here. It's another interesting topic.
> if we
> as the local community catch someone acting up and we take them in the woods for
> a couple days and tie them to a tree and have a come to jesus meeting are we the
> bad guys?
I don't want community police. All voluntary interactions. I really like the idea of methadone style clinics combined with rehabilitation. Offer the addict a controlled environment to get clean. Employers should drug test and we all know heroin/meth addicts are not likely to be star employees. Meth head steals, meth head is prosecuted for theft. Family and community (even charity style organizations) step in and offer help after time served.