New police policy will give addicts option to enter drug program and avoid charges

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CHICAGO — Chicago police are about to change their strategy toward minor drug offenders.

The new policy will be tested on the city’s West Side first.

As usual, when a person is caught buying a small amount of heroin, they will be arrested.

But now, instead of being charged for a crime, the person will be offered the option of entering a drug treatment program and avoiding criminal charges.

Officer will not hound the addicts for information on their drug suppliers.

The option will not be offered to active gang members, or people with violent criminal backgrounds.

If successful, the program could expand to other parts of Chicago.



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