Thursday, March 17, 2005
ACLU v. DOC & DEA, collectively
I would like to see a response from the Department of Corrections (DOC), as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who are taking care of the inmates, and keeping drugs and drug users off the streets, respectively, in regard to this new report filed by the ACLU. The report states that women in prison on drug charges are not able to raise their children properly. I would argue that women on drugs, who are brought up on drug charges large enough to get them sent to jail, probably shouldn't be raising children anyway.
America's war on drugs is inflicting deep and disproportionate harm on women _ most of them mothers _ who are filling prisons in ever-rising numbers despite their typically minor roles in drug rings, the American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups contend in a major new report.
The report, "Caught in the Net," is being released Thursday as the focus of a two-day national conference in New York, bringing together criminal justice officials, sentence-reform activists and other experts to consider its package of proposed legislative and policy changes. The report recommends expansion of treatment programs geared toward women, says incarceration should be a last resort, and urges more vigorous efforts to maintain ties between imprisoned mothers and their children.
"Drug convictions have caused the number of women behind bars to explode, leaving in the rubble displaced children and overburdened families," the document says.