News Release


DATE: August 1, 2000

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Prop. 36 gets no support from Supervisors

San Diego - The San Diego Board of Supervisors today approved a proposal brought forward by Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, Sheriff Bill Kolender and Judge James Milliken adopting a resolution in opposition to Proposition 36.

Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, is an initiative on the November ballot that would prohibit drug offenders from being incarcerated, resulting in the dismantlement of the County's successful Drug Court program.

"This initiative sends a wrong message to our kids and decriminalizes a problem that has plagued our society for far too long. The time is now to unite against this dangerous proposition," said Jacob.

San Diego County's Drug Court program is one of the most successful programs in the state. Drug courts save taxpayers $10 for every $1 invested. About 97% of graduates of drug court had no new convictions while in treatment and the recidivism rate after graduation is just 15%.

"This dangerous and misleading initiative would take away the ability of judges to put drug offenders in jail," said Chairwoman Jacob.

Although Prop. 36 would put $120 million into drug treatment, the accountability of the Drug Court would be eliminated. In addition, Proposition 36 offers no funding for drug testing participants in treatment programs.

"Judges must have the discretion to temporarily incarcerate a participant who fails a drug test. Without the threat of punishment, there is no recourse for keeping addicts clean and sober during treatment," said Jacob.

Critics say this initiative would also undermine "Drug-Free School Zones," zero tolerance policies and successful anti-drug programs like DARE and JUST SAY NO.

Also, on record opposing Proposition 36 are District Attorney, Paul Pfingst, Chief Probation Officer, Alan Crogan, drug treatment professionals, healthcare leaders, crime victims and taxpayers.