Reason Magazine - Rewiring the System:
"Burns listed three reforms that would improve the criminal justice system when he spoke with Reason in February.
1. End drug prohibition. “I’d definitely decriminalize drugs.”
2. Change priorities. “We need to stop warehousing people in prisons. Nonviolent offenders should be let go. On the front end, we need to find ways to give these kids more opportunities so they can be competitive, so they aren’t slinging dope on the corners.”
3. Stop the numbers game. “If a big-time dealer is a ‘1,’ and a low-level crack user is a ‘1,’ who do you think is going to get the bulk of police attention? The easier guy. It’s easy to hit the corners and round guys up. We should focus police attention on serious crimes, and stop measuring success by the number of guys we put in jail.”"