Federal Prosecutor Tries A Radical Tactic In The Drug War: Not Throwing People In Prison

Conway, SC is a small city, with a population of about 16,000. Many residents work in tourism-related jobs in nearby Myrtle Beach. The drugs and gangs have made them feel unsafe at home. Dianne Davis, 56, said she tries "not to let the dark catch me" and described other Conway residents as barricading their doors with two-by-fours.

"I want to be able to stand on my porch," Davis said. "I have a beautiful garden."

"There are a lot of gangsters running around in that area," Jimmy Richardson said of the neighborhood where Huckabee Heights is located. Richardson is the chief state prosecutor for Horry County, which includes Conway, and a resident of the city himself.

To South Carolina's top federal prosecutor, however, the troubles in Conway present an opportunity. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles is testing out a novel approach to dealing with drug-related crime, one that aims to clean up the streets by looking beyond mass arrests and incarceration. Conway is the third city in South Carolina to implement a version of the plan, and federal prosecutors in other states and the Justice Department are watching closely. If the program's success continues in South Carolina, it could become a model for law enforcement across the country.

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  • sloopyinca||

    Conway, SC is a small city shithole, with a population of about 16,000. Many residents work in tourism-related jobs drug sales and titty bars in nearby Myrtle Beach. The drugs and gangs have made them feel unsafe at home able to make ends meet. Dianne Davis, 56, said she tries "not to let the dark catch me" and described other Conway residents as barricading their doors with two-by-fours because the local police do not want consenting adults to engage in business transactions the moral scolds have outlawed.

    Sorry. That first paragraph needed to be corrected.

  • playa manhattan||

    So, cross that off my list of places to visit?

  • sloopyinca||

    I would. We used to own a place in Myrtle Beach and at one point in my life I considered living there and going to Coastal Carolina for a year or so to "decompress". But then I realized everything north or west of River Oaks is a shithole.

    Let me put it this way: Danville, VA was more appealing. It's that fucking bad.

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