One major cause of added tension is the practice of racial profiling by law enforcement which increased significantly in the 80’s, when “the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) developed profiling of drug couriers to intercept and reduce interstate drug trafficking” (Sirin 4). With few policy changes since the war on drugs began, the results are, in 2000 the U.S. surpassed Russia as the leader of having the most individuals incarcerated. Michigan, a relatively small state, in regard to population, has more individuals incarcerated than the country of France, and the numbers get worse in the larger states like California. From 1980 to 2000 the “number of individuals incarcerated increased 300%, with the majority being African Americans” (Sirin 7). The last few years have seen “some
The Commission Report on Attica said that “Attica State Prison in New York was to be the solution to the recent problem of prison uprisings and the response to the commission that investigated them.”(Slade) It is ironic that the prison that had the largest riot in U.S. history was actually forty years prior made to solve the riot and disturbance issue within the New York Prison system. In the summer of 1971, the state prison in Attica, New York, was ready to explode with 2,243 inmates, well over their maximum capacity of 2,000. 1,232 of the inmates were black, 845 white, 154 Puerto Ricans, and 12 inmates of mixed or other descent (Slade). There were a significant number of minorities being incarcerated in a prison in a rural town with all white
The Beatles and their music redefined the rules of society. They started new and innovative trends of experimentation with sex and started the idea of using drugs for recreation. They promoted peace and opened up capitalist society to the idea of socialism. These are all major themes which have forever altered the course of future societies and are themes that are still massive influences on our societal decisions today! The band consisted of John Lennon (1940–1980), Paul McCartney (b.
If I were to boil down these many ideas into three categories it would be the hippies, the music, and the drugs – the fun stuff. The hippies pretty much embodied all the radical and revolutionary ideas of the 1960’s they believed in communal living and experimenting with psychedelic drugs. Furthermore they were really into the vibrant music scene during the time. Along with all these new radical ideas they had a different way of dressing also, one would say that they were quite fashionable. However, with all
Children experience violence, through witnessing gang violence at school, violence at home, and public lynching. In a United Nations Refugee Agency study of four hundred unaccompanied minors, forty-eight percent experienced violence by crime-organized groups, twenty-two percent experienced abuse at home, and thirty nine percent were recruited into human smuggling. Violence, specifically gang violence, homicides, and sexual abuse, has increased within the past decade, and the homicide rate doubled between 2000 and 2006. As a result, it can be less dangerous to migrate to the United States than to stay in Guatemala. In an interview on National Public Radio, Jose Alberto Lima Barrera, a child migrant, says “it’s scarier here than making the dangerous trek through Mexico”.
Prison Overcrowding and the Death Penalty There are 2.3 million people incarcerated in prison or jail in the United States of America. The United States of America has the highest incarceration of any country in the world. One out of five people in prison is in there for drug crimes (Rabuy, 2017). Prison overcrowding is inhumane and unnecessary to protect society from offenders. Prison overcrowding is due to mandatory minimum sentences, three strikes laws, the war on drugs, and lack of rehabilitation programs.
This incident shows the impact of decriminalized sex work increases the maximum growth of illegal industries in the world. “Where prostitution is legalized or tolerated, there is a greater demand for human trafficking victims and nearly always an increase in the number of women and children trafficked into commercial sex slavery”(U.S. Department of State,2004:1). The is a an argument that sex industries creates ultimate conditions for uncontrolled abuse of sex workers, it is also believed that trafficking of human trafficking of women for sex can only be stopped if sex work is decriminalized and rights of social workers are
We can see how much prohibition affected the growth of organized crime in many different ways. One way prohibition affected the growth of organized crime was by creating a window for mobs and gangs to fill the want for alcohol. Another way prohibition affected the establishment’s growth was by creating a more desirable perspective of alcohol. The final effect was creating a large moneymaker for “low-life criminals”. Prohibition was a large factor in the quickly growing establishment of organized crime in the early 1900s.
The answer is obvious: crime. But why does the United States have such a higher rate of incarceration compared to other countries? According to an article done in TheEconomist.com, one of the biggest causes of incarceration is the harsh drug penalties. State legislatures began passing laws that meted out the mandatory-minimum sentences for drug-related crimes, but this still did not make that big of a difference. In fact, according to a chart done by Prospect.org, the majority (52%) of inmates in federal prison are there because of drug related victims.
The war on drugs has had a huge impact on prison population. For the most part, the drug offenders that make up such a big percentage of prisons, are non-violent drug offenders. The non-violent drug offenders make up around 25 percent of the population of inmates that are incarcerated. Many tax payers believe that some of the alternatives to incarceration should be taken advantage of by these non-violent, drug offenders, such as sending these people to drug rehab center. This also goes for the inmates that have been deemed to be mentally ill.
An item that has the abilities to make individual feel relaxed and numbed, but also the ability to cause the individual to become addicted and potentially ruin lives; even more critically, cause death. The location and time of the dispute at hand is, the early 1900’s in the United States of America. A new fad was sweeping the nation; which was, that of temperance. The believers of this new doctrine often stated, “that the use of alcohol was reckless and destructive and that prohibition would reduce crime and corruption, solve social problems, decrease the need for welfare and prisons, and improve the health of all Americans” (Andersen). It is common knowledge that alcoholism has been a major problem in the world, since it has been introduced as a consumable product.