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Expert urges renewed focus on rehabilitation

States are spending $52 billion a year on corrections, with one U.S. adult in 31 either incarcerated, on probation, or on parole, according to the Pew Foundation.

The U.S. incarceration rate is by far the highest in the world. Spending on corrections is now the second fastest-growing item in state budgets after Medicaid. It has quadrupled in the past two decades, many say because of a “get tough on crime” approach.

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John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, is calling on members of the Charlottesville City Council to vote yes on a resolution which would declare marijuana offenses the lowest law enforcement priority in the city. In a letter to the City Council, Whitehead points out that while overwhelming evidence points to the fact that the government’s so-called war on drugs ranks as the longest-running, most expensive and least effective effort by the American government—as well as being racially and economically discriminatory—federal, state and local governments continue to operate under misguided policies that pose a great danger to American citizens while exhausting police resources. A far wiser approach, advises Whitehead, would be to de-prioritize marijuana arrests and prosecutions and redirect limited government resources toward addressing more pressing problems such as urban homelessness, poverty, hard-core drug dealing and gang activity.

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The Macon County Democratic Women hosted a forum for Democratic candidates vying for the party’s nomination to run for the 11th Congressional District, a seat currently held by Congressman Heath Shuler.

Candidates Hayden Rogers, Tom Hill and Cecil Bothwell attended the forum to meet with voters and hopefully gain support for the May 8 primary election.

 

 

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Justin Conley and Corey Duvall, two Macon County residents, were recognized for their dedicated involvement in politics at the statewide Young Democrats and College Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) 2012 Convention, which was held Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, in Charlotte. Being founded in 1928, YDNC has the distinction of being the oldest Young Democrats chapter in the country.

YDNC is organized at the county level and active membership is open to any Democrat under the age of 36.

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