Criminal Justice: Easing Up on Alcoholics

"I am 58 years old, and was first arrested for drunkenness at age 24," Joe Driver told North Carolina Superior Court Judge Raymond Mallard. "Since then I have spent two-thirds of my life in jail for drinking. Yes, sir, I consider myself an alcoholic. I want to do something about it, but it don't look like I can." The judge had a question: "If I counted correctly, would it be right that you have been up for being publicly drunk 203 times?" The number of offenses made no difference to Driver, who had...

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