War On Drugs Case Study

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Both Smith and Hattery state that the PIC has become a multibillion dollar industry. “Corrections Corporations of America, a private prison company, reported revenues of $1.2 billion dollars in 2005 and this increases to over $2 billion in 2008 that relies on incarcerating more than 2 million citizens on any given day in the United States” (Smith and Hattery). This means that in the near future most of the American population will fully become slaves. Where they will be extorted, working an unlimited amount of hours in inhumane conditions. The primary victims are people of color, who risk being arrested at any given minute.
The War on Drugs is what drives the PIC and set the rules, which was created by Nelson Rockefeller in the early 1980s. Smith and
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However, there is a seemingly difference when it comes to people of color because it was found that 51% of African Americans were convicted, both for drug related convictions. This is where one can link and questions the relationship between race and sentencing and if one is sentenced long based on race. The answer as stated by Smith and Hattery, when sophisticated studies investigated links between race and sentencing, there was evidence that seemingly stated that there was direct discrimination towards minorities. This meant that African Americans received longer and harsher sentences then whites. In addition, “Scholars who study race and incarceration note that the Rockefeller Drug Laws as well as discrimination in sentencing have resulted in the racial transformation of prisons” (Smith and Hattery). This proves that discrimination towards minorities, whether it’s racial profiling or hash sentencing, was put in place with the purpose to mostly target them. However, the great demand of filling jail cells, have slowly aimed to not only target minorities but the working class as a
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