Essay on Drugs and Prision

1058 WordsFeb 25, 20145 Pages
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in the last few years, prisoners serving time for drug related chargers made up almost 50% of sentenced prisoners under federal jurisdiction. With the highest amount of drug related incarnations, The United States has a staggering 6.8 million Americans struggling with drug abuse. It is without doubt that the prison population is driven largely by incarceration for drug offenses. It is often argued whether the punishment fits the crime, and often questioned if the government is wasting money on prisoners incarcerated for drug related offenses. With this in mind, I believe the punishments for drug related offenses are not harsh, and in fact with the increasing amount of drug users and drug…show more content…
She does not oppose the punishments given to her students’, but rather sympathizes for the reasoning behind why they are there. Boufis says she is “always happy to see my former students again, even in jail; at least I know that they are alive and safe (Boufis 72). It is understood that a large amount of drug related offenses make up the population of state and federal prisons. Many people including Amanda Coyne believe minor offenses such as drug crimes are made a bigger deal then they actually are. I believe drugs are controlling in the sense that this crime is repeated over and over again, and besides the issue itself the influence of drugs can cause other crimes as well. In “The Long Good-bye,” Coyne’s nephew asks “Is my Mommy a bad guy (Coyne 61)?” Coyne says this question that will haunt someone. She says in a few years she will have to explain to her nephew “…mandatory minimums, and the war on drugs, and the murky conspiracy laws, and the enormous amount of money and time that federal agents pump into imprisoning low-level drug dealers and those who happen to be their friends and their lovers (Coyne 61).” Coyne also presents the idea that she would like her nephew to be raised as she was “…with the idea that we live in the best country in the world with the best
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