So you claim most in prison because of addiction to drugs and your answer to this problem is to make drugs legal, cheaper, and more accessible? It's not my fault someone decides to be a drunk or a crack addict.
The only place to start is with the kids. I am also a big education guy but really the states do more of that then the feds do. I can't say why education not working in other states but in CA its obvious the teachers union is to blame. CA spends more per capita then a lot of countries and states who perform better then us. Teachers have 0 accountability once tenured.
It doesn't breed the best teachers getting the jobs IMO.