The 108th Congress should:
- abolish and oppose all "victimless crime" laws
Not everything that is "sinful" should be a
"crime." "Gluttony" is a sin, but should not
be punishable by jail or fines.
The basic question is whether a sin involves an aggression against
the life, liberty, or property of another.
Some "victimless" crimes do have victims -- a kind of
"blowback." Addicts often leave their families uncared
for, and fail to meet employer expectations on the job. But not
all addicts leave victims. Some are responsible for their
families, hold down prestigious jobs, and they should not be
charged with a crime until they commit one. Responsible,
non-victimizing use of drugs should not be a crime in itself.
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