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War on Drugs: A Social, Political and Financial Failure
An analysis of the failure of the war on drugs in the context of social, political and financial outcomes.
# 153195 | 3,402 words | 14 sources | APA | 2013 | US


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This paper explores the abject failure of the war on drugs in terms of social, political and financial outcomes which continue to stretch the fabric of our society in ways that will have extreme long term consequences for decades to come. The paper argues that the tough on crime trend has demonstrated a whole wave of incitement of public fear and sentiment and that has resulted in a staggering and disproportionate incarceration rate that far exceeds the rates of other developed nations and will likely have long reaching social and fiduciary implications. The paper also points out the extreme disproportion of ethnic minorities incarcerated as a result of the war on drugs and this tough on crime mentality.

Table of Contents:
Introduction
Expert Debate on Disparities in the War on Drugs Outcomes
Minimum Mandatory Sentencing and other Tough on Crime Standards
Argument for Rehabilitative Standards
Incarceration Trends
War on Drugs Needs a Balance Sheet
Long-Term Social Implications of War on Drugs
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"One of the first open indictments of the war on drugs and the war on crime came about in the form of a full length text discussing the extreme disproportion of ethnic minorities incarcerated as a result of the war on drugs and the tough on crime mentality. The thesis of the work, published in 1996 is that the war on drugs and the broader war on crime are costing this nation far more than they are helping the nation and that the outcomes of the zero tolerance policies and laws are fundamentally destructive, but especially with regard to an indictment of social racial genocide. Tonry in Malign Neglect (1996) explains that the disproportionate number of African Americans in the criminal justice system can in part be blamed on disproportionate applications of sentencing, incarceration and parole, not in the disproportionate development of criminality of minorities is foundationally challenging to the social fiber of the nation. Tonry believes that the war on drugs with all its demonstrative judicial changes is largely to blame, for racial disparities in incarceration, as such changes along with the application of tougher sentencing and reduced utilization of parole for minorities based on a long held bias regarding criminality in the population create a disparity that is alarming to say the least. This is also despite the fact that real crime statistics do not reflect the majority bias that blacks are more often involved in crime. (1996, p. 4)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • (1996) The Real War on Crime: The Report of the National Criminal Justice Commission, ed. Steven Donziger. New York: HarperCollins.
  • Bienen, L. B. (1996). The Proportionality Review of Capital Cases by State High Courts after Gregg: Only "The Appearance of Justice.". Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 87(1), 130-314.
  • The Bright Side of Prison. (2003, Summer). The Wilson Quarterly, 27, 97.
  • Conley, A. C. (2006). Renny Golden, War on the Family: Mothers in Prison and the Families They Leave Behind. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 33(3), 192.
  • Golden, R. (2004) War on the Family: Mothers in Prison and the Families they Leave Behind. New York: Routledge.

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