Fd. President Jimmy Carter: ”Call off the global drug war!”

Tidigare president och tillika nobelpristagaren Jimmy Carter skrev i New York Times att det är dags att ända kriget mot narkotikan, eller ”nolltolerans” som vi kallar det i Sverige.

At the end of 1980, just before I left office, 500,000 people were incarcerated in America; at the end of 2009 the number was nearly 2.3 million. There are 743 people in prison for every 100,000 Americans, a higher portion than in any other country and seven times as great as in Europe. Some 7.2 million people are either in prison or on probation or parole — more than 3 percent of all American adults!

Some of this increase has been caused by mandatory minimum sentencing and “three strikes you’re out” laws. But about three-quarters of new admissions to state prisons are for nonviolent crimes. And the single greatest cause of prison population growth has been the war on drugs, with the number of people incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses increasing more than twelvefold since 1980.

Vi välkomnar Jimmy Carter i klubben av världsledare som tänkt om och insett att det är hög tid för en humanitär omvärdering av hur missbruk bäst hanteras och den lösningen heter skademinimering.