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A Bad Night in Minneapolis

Our alternative is to increase and lengthen our sentences for people who have serious drinking problems, and so far the Legislature hasn’t been willing to do that, and I’m not sure society wants a person — even if they have their second or third DWI — to be put in prison for 25 years.

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A Time for New Ideas

Even those who eventually return to jail or prison may well have made substantial tangible gains from participation in the program. I’m referring to productive employment, education, family stability and support, access to health care (including mental health), as well as significant reduction in criminal activity.

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Cruel or Fair?

But over the years, a pattern has emerged: an effort that begins as prevention or rehabilitation swings to the other side if the results don’t meet expectations, or don’t arrive quickly enough.

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Prescription for Violence

I heard one man exclaim in a packed hospital waiting room. “It’s her damn job. She took an oath.” I was struck by his sense of entitlement. And I could envision how, enhanced by withdrawal and desperation, it could turn violent.

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