7:30 AM EST, January 22, 2013
Congratulations to Bob Ehrlich for pointing out that the United States, the supposed "land of the free," is now the largest jailer nation in the world ("Obama's unpardonable neglect of clemency," Jan. 13). This country is using its own legal system to tear itself apart, and for what? It's a word no one dares use, but it's what we have here in America — prohibition, also known as the "war on drugs." And I applaud Mr. Ehrlich for pointing in the right direction, but tinkering with parole and pardons is little more than arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Prohibition does not work. We've been down this road before, and it simply amazes me that we are giving ourselves the same self-inflicted wound that our great grandparents gave themselves 100 years ago. Let's not fool around with the margins, the whole corrupt system has got to go. End prohibition now. For our future and our children.
Anything less is an abdication of our responsibility as parents and as Americans.
William Smith, Baltimore
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