Today on the front page of The Austin Statesman a recent poll shows, “84 percent of all likely voters contacted favor alternative-to-prison programs for non-violent drug offenders.” With addiction touching almost every family in Texas and the United States as a whole, people want help. Vice President of Texas Public Policy Foundation Chuck DeVore stated,“Texans support this across the spectrum if it works and if it reduces the rate of people re-offending. Treatment is less expensive and more effective than long-term incarceration.” Texas Senator John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat and veteran chairman of the Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee, said Texas has saved over $100 million by closing three prisons in the past few years and ramping up Texas’s probation and rehabilitation programs. Texas Congress has struggled to pass bills that will reduce and reconstruct prison sentences for low-level drug offenders, because of the perception and fear of looking soft on crime. With this poll being released we can see a shift in opinion, addiction awareness has grown substantially, people are beginning to understand the disease of addiction, and Texans know that evidence-based addiction programs focusing on recovery are the solution, not prison.