The War On Drugs And Its Effects On America

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Over 45 years ago, U.S. President Richard Nixon declared drug abuse public enemy number one, initiating an unprecedented global campaign, the War on Drugs. Today, the War on Drugs is a huge failure, with devastating unintended consequences. It led to corruption, violence, and mass incarceration. It negatively affected the lives of millions of people. All of this while we waste billions of dollars every year only to create and fuel powerful drug cartels. This global conflict has to end. The core strategy of the War on Drugs is to eradicate drugs and prevent all causes of drug use. So almost all of the efforts in the last few decades have been focused on eliminating the supply of drugs and incarcerating drug traffickers. But this disobeys…show more content…
Violence/homicide by drug prohibition is also similar to alcohol prohibition. In the internet article, The Economics Behind the U.S. Government 's Unwinnable War on Drugs, the author Benjamin Powell stated, "When alcohol was prohibited in the early twentieth century, violent criminal gangs catered to the nation 's thirst for alcohol." To summarize, the violence associated with drugs, both by users to support their addiction and by gangs supplying the drugs, is a product of prohibition rather than a rationale for prohibition. Another reason why the War on Drugs has failed is due to its mass incarceration of non-violent drug offenders. Even Republican Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie agrees as he said at the Prisoner Reentry Press Conference, "I don 't believe that the only weapon we use against the drug problem is incarceration...for nonviolent offenders" (The War on Drugs Isn 't Working). According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), "From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million". (Criminal Justice Fact Sheet). Most of these arrests were dealt with punishments that didn 't fit the crime. A big time drug trafficker with no violent criminal history will serve more years than a sex offender or violent burglar. As a factual illustration, "African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7

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