By: Bethany Winkel
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Presidential Candidates Speak Out on Decriminalization of Drug Crimes
At this week’s GOP debate, presidential candidate Carly Fiorina became yet another hopeful to speak out on the issue of addiction treatment over jail time. Fiorina revealed that her stepdaughter, Lori Ann, died in 2009 from alcohol and prescription drug addiction. According to Fiorina, Lori Ann battled her addiction for several years and was in and out of rehab. “As anyone who has loved someone with an addiction knows, you can force someone into rehab, but you can’t make her well,” Fiorina said in an earlier interview. “Only the addict can do that. Lori couldn’t — or wouldn’t — take that first step of admitting she was powerless over her addiction. And ultimately her body just gave out.”
Fiorina also weighed in earlier this year on what isn’t working with prosecuting young people for drug possession. “You have a lot of young people who are getting access to drugs and then they are getting arrested frequently — it’s just a bad, bad cycle. We need to create a circumstance in which people have a stake in their community — and they have a stake in their community because they believe their community offers them possibilities for a future.”
Fiorina’s opinion is like that of many other presidential candidates who are seeing the value of addiction treatment rather than incarceration.
Read more about the presidential debate here.