The people have spoken! And apparently what they├óΓé¼Γäóre saying is they want to finally put an end to ├óΓé¼┼ôwar on drugs!├óΓé¼┬¥
Russell Simmons recently posted a letter to his website urging President Barack Obama to tweak his policies when it comes to throwing drug users behind bars, and he├óΓé¼Γäós gotten PLENTY of support from some of Hollywood├óΓé¼Γäós elite!
Talk about some serious star power!
The Def Jam co-founder and his band of all-star supporters say the biggest issue with the ├óΓé¼┼ôwar on drugs├óΓé¼┬¥ is the amount of people being thrown in jail for nonviolent crimes such as drug use, and unless this number is reduced soon, our future looks pretty bleak:
“The greatest victims of the prison industrial complex are our nation├óΓé¼Γäós children. Hundreds of thousands of children have lost a parent to long prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses, leaving these children to fend for themselves. Many of these children end up in the criminal justice system, which comes as no surprise as studies have shown the link between incarceration and broken families, juvenile delinquency, violence and poverty.”
It├óΓé¼Γäós always great to see celebrities fighting for a cause they believe in, but we can├óΓé¼Γäót help but feel like they├óΓé¼Γäóre over-simplifying this issue.
There├óΓé¼Γäós no doubt that the number of inmates in the prison system has increased over the past few decades, but this isn├óΓé¼Γäót a problem that is going to fix itself overnight.
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