Conservative Foundation Lauds Del. Kirk Cox for Leadership in Tackling the Opioid Crisis
Washington, DC, Feb. 9, 2017 – The American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform issued a statement today concerning passage of legislation in the Virginia House of Delegates that addresses the opioid epidemic that is afflicting the Commonwealth.
ACUF’s Pat Nolan, the Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform said: “The opioid crisis in Virginia affects not just addicts, but their families, our communities and the taxpayers as well. We know that merely locking up those who suffer from addiction is not a solution. Instead, legislation introduced by House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) would expand the Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (“HARP”). HARP is an innovative and cost-effective approach that helps addicts actually beat their addiction.”
It was the first time in Mississippi defense attorney Richard Rehfeldt’s long career that he can remember where police seized a client’s furniture.
In 2012, Rehfeldt says the Hind County Sheriff’s Office raided his client’s apartment on suspicion her boyfriend was a drug dealer. Anything purchased with drug proceeds is fair game to be seized by police under civil asset forfeiture laws, and they determined the boyfriend had furnished the apartment, so off went her TV, her table and chairs, her couch, her lamps, and even the pictures on the wall.
Originally published by Washington Post
By: Pat Nolan
The first priority of government is to keep our people safe. Violent, dangerous criminals belong in prison, and the cost of incarcerating them is money well spent. But today the net of criminal law ensnares far more than just violent criminals.