Johnson County’s current criminal justice system prosecutes many people for victimless drug and alcohol offenses. These charges burden people with unnecessary criminal records and divert the system’s resources from protecting people from real crime.
If elected, John will end prosecutions for petty victimless crimes like having marijuana for personal use and public intoxication.
Certainly, if someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and drives while impaired, or if they harm someone, damage property, or break some other law, they will be prosecuted accordingly. But otherwise, public intoxication and possession of small quantities of marijuana should not be processed by the criminal justice system.
With harder drugs, those with abuse problems will be directed to mental health and substance abuse treatment as an alternative to criminal prosecution. Social services, non-profit organizations, and other local agencies are better suited to produce desirable outcomes for these situations.