There is a third option John, which, in my opinion, would cut crime instantly and rid us of the drug taking fraternity for ever.
Open drug centres where the drug users can go and inject whatever amount of 'tipple' they wish for and for as long as they wish, all for free.
This will instantly stop them having to steal, mug or burgle helpless law abiding citizens for their hard earned possessions, will alleviate the courts from having to spend so much time dealing with the low level criminal offenders, free up prison cell occupation and will increase business for the Undertakers in our community. It will also put the drug dealers out of business.
Give it to 'um big time....it's what they crave.
The savings to the insurance industry, police time, court time, prison costs etc, far outweigh the cost in drugs.
That's wot I say......