Security Police Officer, United States Air Force and Correctional Counselor, Marin County Probation Department
San Francisco, CA
"Those of us using drugs under the badge were getting away with it. I was a hypocrite."
Mark O’Neill is a former correctional counselor of the Marin County Probation Department, where he supervised prisoners and carried out the arresting duties of a deputy sheriff when a prisoner violated policy. Prior to that, he served as a security police officer of the United States Air Force.
Mark, who originally wanted to join law enforcement because he thought it was an honorable job, says that he witnessed hypocrisy from the beginning. “Even in my days in the Air Force, everyone around us was getting busted for using drugs,” he says, “but those of us using drugs under the badge were getting away with it. I was a hypocrite.”
Today, Mark is working towards ending prohibition because the system of prohibition laws wastes resources and destroys families. “No one has much sympathy for a person once he or she is in the criminal justice system,” explains Mark. “Your career is ruined and your family is destroyed. We should tax all dangerous drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, instead.”
Describing himself as an “unskilled gardener,” Mark is currently retired. He and his wife have two children.