Setti Warren on Drugs
End mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug crimes
Criminal Justice Reform: Opposition to Gov. Baker's proposal for new mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug crimes: Commonwealth Magazine: "Gov. Baker's proposal to incarcerate more people in response to the opioid epidemic runs contrary to
everything we've learned in the failed war on drugs, and to Baker's own 2014 campaign promises," said Warren, the mayor of Newton. "Mandatory minimum sentences do not make our communities safer and they do not reduce illegal drug use. Those are facts."
Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race
, Dec 20, 2017
Combat opioid addiction by funding treatment
Setti Warren is calling on the Republican governor to release money for Amherst's homeless shelter, which he argues is pivotal for confronting the opioid crisis and combating addictions. Warren expressed concern for the decision by Gov. Charlie Baker to
freeze the $200,000 earmark for the Craig's Place shelter: "Programs like Craig's Place, and so many others across the state, will be essential to solving the opioids problem," Warren said. "If we don't have the money for these kinds of programs,
we should raise the revenue to fund them."
The decision was based on questions about whether there is sufficient money in the state budget. "Since it is the only shelter that does not require sobriety, the staff and volunteers at Craig's Place are
also on the front lines of fighting the growing opioid epidemic," Warren said. The governor, he added, should be providing help, not hindering the work and putting the shelter into a state of emergency for no good reason.
Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette on 2018 Massachusetts governor race
, Dec 15, 2017
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