David Simon: Only Jury ification Will Stop Racially-Biased Drug War


David Simon, journalist and “The Wire” creator, told a MacArthur Foundation Models for Change conference on juvenile justice last week in Washington, D.C., that jury ification is the only way to halt the one thing that will ever stop the justice system from being bloated and racially distorted: treating drugs and addiction as a criminal war instead of a medical one, reports Youth Today. Simon argued that the justice system won't get past its obsession with drug-related cases until “they can’t find 12 Americans to put a 13th in jail.”

Simon delivered an obscenity-laced keynote address in which he described the mission of juvenile justice reform as a hand of “shitty cards you've been dealt.” Prosecution does nothing to deter addiction, he argued, and the economy to serve those addictions is the only viable one available to many minority youths. “They're not fools, and there's one factory open,” Simon said.

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