In the Opioid Epidemic Prosecutions Don’t Always Help Victims

Former Federal Prosecutor Valena Beety on the War on Drugs


After working as a Rape Victim Advocate, I knew that I wanted to become a prosecutor. I saw how violence impacts survivors. I wanted to end the cycles of violence and stop the perpetrators. I thought prison was the answer, and that I could be a protector.

Op-ed by A4J Deputy Director Valena Beety.