From the March 1970 magazine.

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Police Want a New Deal for Drunks

MINEOLA, L.I.--A proposal to eliminate criminal penalties for public intoxication and to treat drunken persons as sick has been adopted by the State Association of Chiefs of Police. The recommendation is part of a program to be presented by the association to the legislature at the next session.

Francis B. Looney, president of the association, said that there were 700,000 alcoholics in the state.

Under the proposal, the police process of booking, detention, court presentation, trial, and possible further penal detention would be eliminated. The stigma of arrest would also be...

-- Roy R. Silver