Video: Martin Sheen Criticizes Congress on Drug Courts

By Kirwan Gray 07/20/11

"I am not a former president of the United States," Sheen told a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, “though I played one on TV.”

Martin Sheen, a longtime AA advocate—and the father of anti-AA advocate Charlie Sheen—testified before Congress yesterday in an effort to rally support for drug courts. "I am not a former president of the United States," Sheen said, "though I played one on TV." Sheen told the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security that he had seen firsthand the potential of drug courts while working with them in several California cities, CBS News reported. "Imagine for a moment the impact we could have if drug courts were available to all 1.2 million addicted individuals who would be best served by drug courts if one were available," Sheen said. "Imagine the impact of 1.2 million people making up for lost time in their community and serving their families and their country." In 1996, Sheen was involved with a sober living house in Berkeley run by drug court graduates. The program has  since expanded to six houses. Congressional testimony follows:

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