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Published on Apr 2, 2014
Herbertsville Fire Company, 4-2-2014.
Governor Christie: The War on Drugs has failed. Well intentioned, conceived out of hope and faith and the fact that it could work, but incarcerating people exclusively for drug-related problems, especially non-violent folks, has been an abject failure. We incarcerate them at the cost of $49,000 a year here in the state of New Jersey. We don’t give them treatment. Drugs are smuggled into our state prisons despite our best efforts, and our county jails, and people go back out onto the street after their release, still drug addicted and somehow we’re surprised that they continue to commit crimes to support their addiction. The fact is that the only way to solve this problem or even to put a dent into it is through treatment. Treatment is impossible for someone who’s died. Simple statement, but true, and that’s why today’s initiative is part of the fabric that we’re trying to put together to deal with this problem in a more proactive way in our state. There will always be jail cells for violent sociopaths who may have drugs as part of their problem as well, and for those people who commit violent acts it will always be my firm belief that they deserve to be taken off the street. But for those who do not and whose crimes are non-violent and motivated by drug addiction, we need to try to save them, because each and every person that we get into treatment has no guarantee of success, but what they have is a chance, an opportunity for themselves, first and foremost. And then that person can become, hopefully, a better mother or father, a better sister or brother, a better son or daughter, a better citizen in our state and our country, that hopefully will contribute once again to the economic and social fabric of our state. If we continue to do what we’ve done, we’re guaranteed a failure.