Step 6. Protect Victims Right
Protecting the rights and interests of victims should be the basis of our criminal justice system. Victims should have the right to be present, consulted and heard throughout the prosecution of their case.
In addition, criminals should be more than just punished. They should be made to pay restitution to their victims for the damage they've caused, including property loss, medical cost, pain, and suffering. If you are a victim of a crime, the criminal should fully compensate you for your loss.
Step 7. End Prohibition
Drug prohibition inflates the cost of drugs, leading users to steal to support their high priced habits. It is estimated that drug addicts commit 25% of all auto thefts, 40% of robberies and assaults, and 50% of burglaries and larcenies. Prohibition puts your property at risk. Finally, nearly one half of all police resources are devoted to stopping drug trafficking, instead of preventing violent crime. The bottom line? By ending drug prohibition, Libertarians would double the resources available for crime prevention, and significantly reduce the number of violent criminals at work in your neighborhood.
This is not to say that all drugs should be legal. It does however show the scope of seriousness of our views of grouping every drug and how we deal with them into a blanket package. There are many ways we can deal with drug problems whether they are gotten off the streets or by prescription. This area is one which must include Politicians, Law Enforcement, the Medical Community as well as others working together to come up with an actual working solution.
Mandatory rehab for drug offenders set for a long enough period of time to truly reform the user should be considered before packing jail cells with them. By putting users, who have not committed a violent crime in prison, all we have done is send them to "Crime School". They learn more ways to get around the system and break the laws. The cost of incarceration vs rehab runs better than 3x's the cost in most cases.
Step 8. Get Tough on Real Crime
Personal responsibility is a must. Anyone who harms another person should be held responsible for that action. By contrast, the Democrats and Republicans have created a system where criminals can get away with almost anything.
For instance: sentences seldom mean what they say. Fewer than one out of every four violent felons serves more than four years. I would like to dramatically reduce the number of these early releases by eliminating their root cause - prison over-crowding.