In NYC possession of up to 30 or so grams is only a "violation" that comes with a $100 ticket.In general, I agree, but there are drug crimes and there are drug crimes. The guy caught with an eighth in his pocket is entirely different than the guy caught with a cigarette boat full of bud off the Florida Keys. Still, there has to be some sort of punishment for breaking a possession law... (or, we could decriminalize bud for personal use, but I suppose that's asking too much).
Interestingly enough, all of those types of criminals are more rehab-able than your average thief.In my world that bolded part up there would read: "Execution should be reserved for rapists, child molesters, murderers, and some robbers/assailants, and we don't use it often enough."
Provocative? Yes! (I'm complicated that way.) I have compassion for most folks, but not for that list up there. And that sort of plays into your argument that we shouldn't be housing the deadly violent types with those who don't pose a physical threat to others - neither of us thinks they belong together, but I'd remove them from all equations entirely and forever. This also frees up prison space and resources that would be better used on those that have at least a chance of rehabilitation, and lessens the chance of inmate-on-inmate violence.