Mental illness + drugs = Portland ^ 2 wrote:
Oregon’s drug policy is defined by leniency. Police have neither the resources, nor the backing of their superiors to arrest an individual for being on drugs in public or for having drugs on their person. In practice, heroin and meth are legal.
And there you have it. A belief by hard leftists that people are basically good and what to get better. So well avoid actually arresting them. Then the city becomes a nasty hole. Then the problems become so severe that they cannot be dealt with by city government.
NYC's recent de Blasio decision to close Rikers is another example.
Everybody, today we made history. The era of mass incarceration is over. It's over. This action today means the New York City is set on a new path ... it’s about valuing our people, no longer condemning people and sending them on a pathway that only made their lives worse and worse, but believing that our people do not ever need to end up behind bars to begin with – never ... we believe in the justice system that focuses on the positive in each person, the humanity in each person, the possibilities in each person. We believe in redemption and today's vote is a vote for redemption.... the greatest city in the world said no to mass incarceration. Yes, to redemption. That's what you did.