From The Columbus Dispatch:
Four years after raising $1 million to defeat a constitutional amendment proposing treatment instead of jail for some drug offenders, Gov. Bob Taft unveiled a pilot project yesterday that would do much the same thing in Franklin and five other counties.
The idea Taft once called "seductive, deceptive and dangerous" was hailed by him yesterday as a program to "help individuals to assume a productive role in society rather than a long-term member of Ohio's prison system."
There are key differences, mainly in scope, between Issue 1 -- trounced by a ratio of 2-to-1 by Ohio voters in 2002 -- and Taft's program.
While Issue 1 applied to most low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, Taft's one-year pilot program is modestly funded at $2.5 million and is limited to juveniles or adults who have children and earn no more than twice the federal poverty level. However, that restriction is linked to recipients of federal welfare money, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Hey, it's a start!
Sing it with me: U-N-I-T-Y!