From Kimberly Graham <[email protected]>
Subject We can't incarcerate our way out of addiction.
Date February 11, 2022 11:30 PM
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Hey friends!

At a meeting of South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO earlier this week, I spoke about a few of the changes we need and changes I'll make if elected to be the next Polk County Attorney.

For example - my office will not be charging people for low level drug possession.

At the union meeting I said, "We can't incarcerate our way out of addiction."

We can't, and we have data to prove it. ([link removed])

There is no meaningful relationship between incarceration rates and drug use.

Addiction must be treated as a public health issue, not a criminal issue. We need resources and proper funding for diversion and treatment.

Working in the Polk County Recovery Court program for the past 4 years, I’ve seen parents ready to start working for a life in recovery, but unable to get into a treatment program, especially inpatient treatment, due to a lack of available beds.

As Polk County Attorney, I will lobby for more treatment facilities and for the use of harm reduction strategies.

Polk County, Iowa deserves a County Attorney that sees every person as a human being, deserving of dignity, respect, support and life in recovery. Addiction is a beast and it touches so many of us and those we love. No one is disposable.

If you agree, I sure could use your support.

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