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Jumpers are anti-social

Register • Dec 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

It's happened more than once, and more than enough to be concerning.

But inmates at the Huron County jail jumping from stairwells to certain injury below is not so much a security problem at the jail as it is a social problem. From the headlines and the police blotter, one could take away the belief the county has a ravaging drug problem.

Law enforcement has a duty to enforce, but legislators have a duty to reform outdated, difficult and damaging drug laws that reflect a Nixonian approach far behind the advancement of time, and understanding.

State and federal legislative reforms should make jail a last resort, with treatment the first. Accessible, and affordable, services. That's money better spent, we say. One way or another, it comes down to which way provides a better path forward.

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