In the interview below BILL MOYERS asks:
“The character in that excerpt we just saw says, "What's the answer?" Do you have the answer after all these years?
DAVID SIMON: Oh, I would decriminalize drugs in a heartbeat. I would put all the interdiction money, all the incarceration money, all the enforcement money, all of the pretrial, all the prep, all of that cash, I would hurl it, as fast as I could, into drug treatment and job training and jobs programs. I would rather turn these neighborhoods inward with jobs programs. Even if it was the equivalent of the urban CCC, if it was New Deal-type logic, it would be doing less damage than creating a war syndrome, where we're basically
treating our underclass. The drug war's war on the underclass now. That's all it is. It has no other meaning.”