Dust-Up: Proposition 5


Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley and law professor Alex Kreit debate the California ballot measure that would expand treatment programs for drug offenders.

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    Alex Kreit says California’s Prop. 5 would take some weight off prisons and jails without compromising safety. Steve Cooley says many of the offenders whom the initiative would divert into drug treatment belong behind bars.

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    Steve Cooley says Proposition 5 would make it too easy for criminals to claim a drug-abuse problem and avoid punishment. Alex Kreit says better treatment of drug offenders would allow prisons to devote more resources to dangerous criminals.