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PROPOSITION 2000 General
36 DRUGS. PROBATION AND TREATMENT PROGRAM.
Rebuttal to Argument in Favor
Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Proposition 36

Supporters of Proposition 36 say a similar initiative in Arizona is a “proven success.” In fact, it has created a nightmare.

Because drug offenders now realize there are no consequences for failing or refusing treatment, many are thumbing their noses at the court and continuing to abuse drugs.

As a result, treatment is less effective and our drug problems are getting worse.

RICHARD M. ROMLEY, Maricopa County District Attorney, State of Arizona

Proposition 36 is not limited to “nonviolent” drug users.

Persons convicted of possessing “date rape” drugs can remain on the street under Proposition 36—even those with prior convictions for sex crimes like rape and child molesting.

Proposition 36 also lets drug abusers with a history of criminal violence remain free, including those with prior convictions for murder, child abuse, assault and other violent crimes.

Under Proposition 36, they cannot be sent to jail, no matter how violent their criminal history.

ROBERT NALETT, Vice President California Sexual Assault Investigators Association

Proposition 36 doesn’t provide “court-supervised” drug treatment.

It ties the hands of judges, hurts legitimate treatment and effectively decriminalizes heroin, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.

Proposition 36 includes no licensing or accountability guidelines—inviting unregulated, ineffective treatment by unqualified operators.

It cripples California’s successful drug courts, which provide effective treatment under court supervision—helping drug abusers and saving taxpayers an estimated $10 for every dollar invested.

Drug courts hold drug abusers accountable with regular drug testing and consequences for failing treatment— accountability not found in Proposition 36.

STEPHEN V. MANLEY, President
California Association of Drug Court Professionals
 


  Analysis by the Legislative Analyst
  Argument in Favor of Proposition 36
  Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Proposition 36
  Argument Against Proposition 36
  Rebuttal to Argument Against Proposition 36
 

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