Across the country, states are finally rethinking laws from the “War on Drugs” era, which shattered communities of color and broke up so many families.
For decades, the idea was to heap punishment after punishment onto offenders in the mistaken belief it would deter crime.
Now, lawmakers in other states are finally seeing the light. They’re replacing laws that were designed to punish with those that rehabilitate. But here in West Virginia, we’re doubling down on many of those failed policies.
Take House Bill 2257, which easily passed the House of Delegates on Friday, for example. It would allow judges