Announcing plans this week to improve the criminal justice system, Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey took aim at Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), a popular element in the 1990s “war on drugs,” says the Boston Globe. “We have known for a long time DARE doesn’t work,” Healey said of the program, which puts police officers in classrooms to lead talks with students on drugs and crime.
DARE already had invited Healey to deliver the keynote speech in a four-day conference it is c-sponsoring in late april. “I’m sure she is going to get tossed a few pointed questions,” said Domenic DiNatale, executive director of the Massachusetts DARE Officers Association. “But I give her credit for still coming.”