Decriminalizing Addiction Series

Decriminalizing Addiction Series

Many people in America are jailed for crimes driven by addiction, but Alamosa, Colorado, is taking a different approach by focusing on treatment, not jail. The following four-part series was reported and written by Ryan Lowery.


Part 1: Program decriminalizes addiction by emphasizing recovery, not jail

They are struggling, often at the lowest point in their lives. Then they’re arrested. Charged with a crime, they face fines, fees and maybe even a lengthy sentence behind bars. They come from varied backgrounds and walks of life. The events that led them into the courtroom are nuanced. Nevertheless, they face a rigid system predicated on the notion that, no matter the reasons behind their actions, those who’ve committed a crime must be punished. One rural Colorado town is rethinking this approach though… READ MORE


 

Part 2 coming May 28, 2020.