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Choice of Drug Czar Indicates Focus on Treatment, Not Jail

Choice of Drug Czar Indicates Focus on Treatment, Not Jail

By Carrie Johnson and Amy Goldstein
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 12, 2009; A04

 

The White House said yesterday that it will push for treatment, rather than incarceration, of people arrested for drug-related crimes as it announced the nomination of Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske to oversee the nation's effort to control illegal drugs.

The choice of drug czar and the emphasis on alternative drug courts, announced by Vice President Biden, signal a sharp departure from Bush administration policies, gravitating away from cutting the supply of illicit drugs from foreign countries and toward curbing drug use in communities across the United States.

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