The War On Drugs And Drugs

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Whose interests are advanced by sustaining the "war on drugs"? Police seems to gain a lot by sustaining the “war on drug”. Drugs are a significant force in police deviance, with as many as half of all convictions in police corruption cases involving drug-related crimes. Corruption in law enforcement, courts, and corrections can be explained through egoism selfish desires for personal gain. In other cases, however, corruption might be better understood as stemming from socially hedonistic incentives; that is, a desire to produce good consequences for others. In their discussion of drug related police corruption, for instance, Kappeler, Sluder, and Alpert describe four types of corruption. Use corruption occurs where police officers use illegal drugs. In one study, as many as 20 percent of officers admitted to smoking marijuana. Economic corruption occurs where officers use their power and discretion for personal monetary gain, such as by keeping drug money confiscated from offenders. Police violence may occur in the context of extracting confessions or information from drug suspects. Subjugation of a defendant’s rights occurs where police commit perjury or plant drugs on a suspect in the interest of obtaining a confession or getting a conviction(Williams & Arrigo, 2008). Are these interests designed to advance the greatest good for the greatest number of citizens? While the first two of these forms of corruption would seem to be explicable in terms of egoistic hedonism

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