The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has called Philadelphia one of the largest heroin markets in the United States.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s local – and liberal – government has decided to stop enforcing the law on heroin dealers.
Philly officials announced on Friday that in the last 2 years, they have reduced the prison population by nearly 20% – by not sending heroin traffickers to the clinker.
The city’s drug problem has steadily grown worse since Philadelphia first began implementing the reforms. Many hard drug dealers have simply been let out of prisons.
The programs have cut down on pre-trial prison time, but DEA research shows the reforms may only be adding to the city’s drug problem.
Availability of heroin, cocaine, and illegal prescription drugs have all increased in Philadelphia since 2014.