The United States is home to 5% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's prison population
Nonviolent drug convictions are ruining lives and destroying families
Over the past four decades of the War on Drugs we have invested billions of dollars in incarcerating people and ripped millions of families apart: the consensus is that this approach has not worked. The punishment for a nonviolent drug offense goes far beyond time spent in jail or prison. Being labeled a "criminal" can mean loss of the right to vote, significantly diminished job opportunities, and loss of access to important social services, such as student loans for college and affordable housing. We need better and more supportive approaches.