From the November 1980 magazine.

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The Public Drunk--Slow Progress

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RACINE, WISCONSIN--Public drunkenness accounts for about 1,000,000 arrests a year, costing the criminal justice system an estimated $300,000,000 annually, Judith A. Johnson, executive director of the National Coalition for Jail Reform, said at the first national conference on public inebriation.

Although 34 states have decriminalized public drunkenness, Mrs. Johnson said, many people who are drunk...

-- New York Times