The War On Drugs And America

1573 Words Dec 12th, 2016 7 Pages
The war on Drugs played a heavy role in minority American society. It affected policing and most importantly the American minority people. The war on drugs started by President Nixon and up until President Bush was a disaster that affected America with high incarceration and high recidivism rates for low level and non-violent drug offenses that mainly targeted minorities in America. The war on drugs was a massive American failure that mainly affected minorities. President Obama and his drug reform alongside the American public’s strong opinion to switch towards marijuana reform which we see in places like Colorado and Washington has caused the war on drugs to lose steam. The American public’s decision for drug reform is no surprise after nearly 40 years of the unsuccessful war on drugs. The war on drugs brought the United States the highest incarceration rate in the world, mandatory minimum sentences, and racial disparity in our criminal justice system. The war on drugs greatly affected the way policing works in America. Policing and racism have always intertwined in America but the war on drugs fueled it. As a result minorities were the most affected by policing. During the war on drugs funding for police departments rose to support it, Cooper (2015) reports that a 2012 study done by lynch states that “between 1992 and 2008 state and local departments expenditures on police doubled from $131 per capita to $260 per capita” (p. 1189) This increase in law enforcement…

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