Dupage County Sheriff

Addiction is a medical issue not a moral failing

It is disingenuous to argue that jail-based substance addiction treatment will be imperiled and lives will be put at risk if the irreparable cash-bail system in place in Illinois is replaced by an alternative that does not use cash. It is even worse when you find out that the in-jail treatment program fails to follow medical science.

Oh the horror – cops and prosecutors not “enforcing” the LAWS

The criminal justice system is the wrong system to address substance addiction. Prosecutors are well within their authority to decline prosecuting certain drug-related charges. Just because a law is on the books does not mean it deserves to have resources directed to its enforcement. After all, adultery and fornication are still illegal in Illinois. You don’t see many people arrested and prosecuted for these crimes.