A retired Oregon corrections counselor, who also worked as a parole and probation officer, says America's war on drugs is an abject failure.
Shelley Fox-Loken says states should have the authority to decide whether they want to legalize drugs that are now illegal. She predicts that responsibly legalizing drugs would result in decreased violent crime and drug use rates, while simultaneously benefiting state coffers.
Loken is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs.
In this interview with Edward O'Brien, the now-retired Loken says her thoughts on drug policy stem from observations gleaned from her long career.