We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...we need to realize that many of the most pressing problems of the inner city cannot be solved by the government. We can find ways to decriminalize drugs and to reform the legal system so that fewer young people are incarcerated for long periods for non-violent offenses — but government cannot mend broken homes or put addicts in touch with a higher powerable not only to ease their craving for drugs but to help them rebuild their lives. Government cannot take a nine year-old child who has never seen a healthy family and give the child the kind of psychological balance and strength children get from growing up in a loving and stable home. All the social workers in the world can’t fix this stuff.
What goes on in some of these families and communities after generations of breakdown and decay needs a kind of healing and care that government programs can’t provide — especially in a country like ours that for good and valid reasons has chosen to separate church and state. Some demons only come out with fasting and prayer, and the US government isn’t much good at either one.
There's a popular meme, of questionable value, which says that a lot of people are going to prison for possession of drugs.
Question: how did the police become aware that these people hhad drugs?
In many cases, although I don't know how many, the police were called to some other event: domestic violence, self-endangerment, a fight in a street, a burglary. In some percentage of these cases, the suspects are arrested for several charges, possession among them. In some percentage, the charge that eventually leads to probation or incarceration is the drug charge: others are dropped in plea deals for many reasons.
Thus the final court order reads as a drug-possession event but the initial involvement was for something that seems more important to the public safety. I dunno. I'd like to find a chance to do some original-record research on that.