Lock ’em up? Not so fast! 1 key move could boost U.S. economy

The exploding opioid crisis in America is fueling a renewed push for criminal-justice reform, and a prominent grassroots activist says conservatives would be wise to take up the mantle to shrink the size of government and put more productive citizens back into the U.S. economy.

In October, President Trump declared a public health emergency over the horrifying number of opioid deaths and addictions around the nation. James Madison Institute President and CEO Bob McClure told WND and Radio America the way states treat drug addicts is costly and counterproductive.

“Our criminal justice system is overloaded and in dire need of reform,” McClure said. “The effort needs to be led by states, not bureaucrats who want to protect their turf.”

According to McClure, the turf wars consist of prisons fighting for every penny they can get, just like every other office in government. He said the rising incarceration rate leads to

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