Nonviolent drug offenders like Tatum O'Neal should be given an opportunity to receive treatment, not jail time. This would be a more effective solution for both the individual and the community.
I emailed Tatum O'Neal not long after I heard she was busted for drugs in New York City. I didn't know what to say other than: "Hang in there. Nobody's perfect." I have her email because I've interviewed her three times since 1990.