Proposition 2 will help keep nonviolent people out of prison

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2004

I applaud the efforts of Mercy Love Servants and other groups aiming to keep ex-convicts out of prison (Sterling Group Plans Auction To Help Ex-Cons 10/8/04). I was surprised when I read that Alaska has the highest recidivism rate in the nation.

When we send someone to prison for a minor offense, we risk creating a felon for life, permanently living off the backs of taxpayers. This is why prison should be reserved for the most heinous of crimes, and why I am voting yes on Ballot Measure 2.

Ballot Measure 2 will remove criminal penalties for nonviolent adults who use marijuana responsibly, thus freeing millions of dollars in state money to deal with truly dangerous criminals. To find out more, visit

Kat DeBurgh, Yes on 2 Campaign Organizer, Anchorage

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