Cheers and Jeers for S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsom
First the cheers. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has declared the war on drugs a failure.
"If you want to get serious, if you want to reduce crime by 70% in this country overnight, end this war on drugs," he told reporters at City Hall on Thursday. "You want to get serious, seriously serious about crime and violence end this war on drugs."
The mayor maintained local jails are overcrowded with people incarcerated for drug offenses, taking up room that could be used to hold more violent criminal offenders. He said violent criminals with lengthy felony records are being turned loose, too often.
San Francisco Sheriff San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey agrees with him.
Now the jeers. San Francisco is initiating a program of busting the homeless on "quality of life" crimes.
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