Preckwinkle in talks to stop minor pot arrests

July 27, 2011 2:54:43 PM PDT
The Cook County Board president is talking with Chicago's police superintendent about ending arrests for low-level drug possession offenses.

Just last month, Toni Preckwinkle stated that the war on drugs has failed.

Now, she is speaking out about marijuana possession arrests, pointing out that those arrests clog Cook County Jail and are usually dismissed.

Preckwinkle hopes to reduce the jail population. It costs $142 a day for each prisoner.

Preckwinkle proposes spending funds on education and drug treatment.