The War On Drugs
Before long, the discussion moved towards reform of drug laws. After all, substance abuse plays a role in the vast majority of arrests. We were all surprised to discover that we shared a common view about the War On Drugs: That it has been a tragic disaster and that the solution lies in decriminalization of drugs and a more therapeutic, instead of punitive, approach to dealing with drug use.
This was a group of mature, "respectable" Christians ranging in age from late 40's to mid-70's. All of us had learned through our experiences that incarcerated people are just that: people. The War On Drugs has, to a large extent, been a war on people. And the aftermath of war is always suffering and destruction.