According to a Department of Justice study in 2011, fourty eight (48%) of inmates in the custody of the Department of Corrections were simply convicted of drug offenses (see http://goo.gl/2lrYQ4). Often such cases represent instances of systemic racial bias amongst arguably well intentioned local law enforcement officers. It is an unmistakable waste of the taxpayer's dollar for the State to put those with a medical problem into cages with murderers and rapists. The current deplorable state of affairs outlined is in large measure the result of lobbyists employed by for-profit prisons, draining our ideals of justice to a shallow pool of plutocracy. You have the power to impact this system and I implore you to do so.