Q: Attorney Tully, I read about some Allegheny County and other County Judges taking a new approach to sentencing for drug offenders. Is this a good idea? What about do the crime, do the time?

A: Drug overdoses are rampant in Western Pennsylvania. We sentence young defendants to jail for drug crimes. They serve their sentence. Then they get out and go back to their old lifestyle. Something has to be done to attack the underlying question of why defendants are using deadly drugs. In my opinion, any approach that tries to address the underlying basis for drug abuse is a great idea. Bernie