Firstly, "drug offenders" refers not only to dealers, but also to those found in possession of drugs. Drug addicts need access to rehabilitation programs, not to be locked away. Putting someone behind bars for addiction does nothing to solve the problems that got them there in the first place, leading to repeat behaviors that will end them back in prison. It is clear to see that that adds to the cost of incarcerating drug users. Also, locking people up at all for minor drug offenses takes them away from people that depend on them. If someone who is the sole provider for their family goes to jail, their family then needs to go on government assistance to get by. And that then costs the taxpayers more, in addition to the cost of incarceration. Not to mention that just the conviction of a drug felony RUINS THEIR LIVES FOREVER. Anyone who has known someone that was convicted for drug possession can tell you that it severely limits their opportunities later in life. To the point where they can not be hired into a position that pays a living wage because of that conviction. Causing them to need government assistance...costing more taxpayer dollars.