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Drug Incarceration

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The United States’ greed for profit, further implements racial and socioeconomic division. To begin with, the War on Drugs concentrates on decreasing illegal drug trade by attending to the drug user as a criminal in need of punishment, which, justifies the use of incarceration. Under the Nixon administration, former Nixon domestic policy Chief John Ehrlichman confesses, "We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.” Thus, it is not that minorities were more likely to use specific drugs, rather, the US government targeted and portrayed them negatively, in association with these …show more content…

Even through rehabilitation programs, people are not receiving the best care possible because of the desire for business advancement. In How for Profit Prisons are Undermining Efforts to Treat and Rehabilitate Prisoners for Corporate Gain, Caroline Issacs describes, “the financial incentive for private prison corporations is to keep people in custody or under some form of supervision for as long as possible at the highest per diem as possible in order to maximize benefits.” (p. 123). Private corporations are focused on receiving the most profit possible, even at the costs of human rights. There is less of a focus on the quality of the care given to the people and the effort isn't helping them reintegrate into society, rather it is to confine them to reap the most benefit. For instance, within these for profit rehabilitation centers, people receive inadequate and ineffective treatment. Also, they are denied needed procedures, hospitalization and medicines, in order to cut costs for the company. Compromising one’s quality of care and profiting from it is

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