Houston Police Chief: "War on Drugs A Miserable Failure"
Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland voiced his opinion about the War on Drugs last Friday in a radio interview with interview with Dean Becker, host of the "Cultural Baggage" on Houston’s Pacifica radio station KPFT. Becker, who is a regular speaker with the marijuana legalization group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, questioned McClelland about his feelings on Texas law enforcement's role in the War on Drugs.
The War on Drugs, according to McClelland, has negatively affected "young minority men." He stated, "Most of us understand, we do believe, those of us that are law enforcement executives, that the war on drugs, the 1980 drug policies, was a miserable failure, there's no doubt about that." He also said that the money used to keep non-violent drug offenders in prison (anywhere from $50-60,000 per year) would be better spent on drug treatment and prevention programs.
"A lot of young men who are minorities, in their early 20s, have a felony conviction on their resume, and now they're unemployable. And we wonder why they don't have jobs, they're not working, they're not contributing to society in a productive way, but we've put them in a position to where the odds are stacked against them," McClelland said in the interview. Becker is pleased that McClelland wants to end the war on drugs also and is proud to have the Houston PD chief as a guest on his show every few months to discuss drug policies.