“Alcohol was seen as the devil’s advocate and banning the substance would help improve the quality of American lives. It caused an explosive growth in crime with more than double the amount of illegal bars and saloons operating than before prohibition.” (Nash, “Organized”). The Eighteenth Amendment was passed with the goal of prohibiting the sale, consumption, and use of alcohol. The Volstead Act was passed to further enhance this Amendment, yet it led to numerous amount of problems such as an increase in organized crime, rise of speakeasies, and health problems. Despite prohibition being formed with good intentions, there were more negative effects than positive.
A good amount of the aborigine communities would actually ban the consumption and possession of alcohol (Rodrigues). Allowing for them to be seen not as “dangerous”. But still the discrimination did not stop! Racism of the aborigines had increased immensely from the efforts of keeping their rich culture
Crime and the poverty level in the 1960’s were abnormally high, and citizens’ rights were almost unheard of. Gang activity has also been prevalent in years past. Now, the crime, gang, and poverty levels are much lower, citizens have more rights, and people are starting to have a feeling of pride in their community. This is partly due to the police roaming the area at all times. The police seem to be winning the battle on drug trafficking and violent crimes, which encourages citizens with a sense of safety.
Society has changed dramatically over the year, however, have the changes been positive or negative? The illegal use of recreational drugs is a rapidly increasing problem in today’s society and very little has happened in resolving it. Australia’s youth are the most heavily affected by drugs, especially in comparison to the other generations. There are a plethora of factors contributing to the rapid increase of drug use, especially amongst the younger community. The multitude of factors include; the increasingly easy ways of access to drugs, the thrill of success in outsmarting their prosecutors and the decreasing prices that are making the drugs more affordable to the general public.
The abuse of power is all around us, and Civil Forfeiture is no exception. The idea behind this process is something that could really help our country, but unfortunately when put in the hands of certain authority figures it loses that privilege and becomes increasingly negative towards American citizens. Of course there are many examples as to how Civil Forfeiture is not used properly, but the most obvious one is the abuse of innocent people. Police do not only target criminals but people who have done nothing to break the law. They do this in order to benefit themselves finically, as particular states have laws in place where the officer gets to keep one hundred percent of the money seized.
The main reason is probably because it’s illegal in most places. If all drugs were legal there would be a lot less crime, but at the same time a lot more drug addicts messing themselves up, but if only the drugs that were cleared and checked medically were allowed everywhere and to everybody than the crime rate would honestly go down. I feel as a young African American male growing up in the city of Detroit Michigan people have already set up obstacles based on my appearance and where I come from. I want to show people that everything doesn’t always have to lead to something bad, an example is medical marijuana. There has been a lot people that has gotten into a lot of trouble just because they smoked marijuana and have been caught.
Prostitution may be seen as an unethical practice but there would be bounteous advantages if the entire industry was legalized. There are many pros and cons to prostitution but I believe that the pros outweigh the cons. The pros of prostitution strengthen the reasoning as to why the industry should be legal. According to Business Insider, the legalization of prostitution would reduce crime against women. Since prostitution is illegal, many times when women are abused, they are less likely to call the police because they are engaging in illegal acts.
In today 's society, teenagers have the opportunity to get into a lot of trouble. Many teens have to cope with the temptation of doing drugs and joining gangs; however, a curfew will not stop them. Teenagers already do many illegal things, showing a blatant disregard for the laws already implemented. Setting a curfew in place will not reduce the trouble teens get into; it will just be another law that teenagers break. Many people would argue that implementing a curfew will eliminate all of the temptations teenagers have to face.
However, these good things only lasted for a short time until people began to disobey the law. During Prohibition violent domestic crime was down along with arrests for drunkenness and brawling. There were fewer cases of alcohol related crime in general. The prison population dropped and the death rate from the result of alcoholism dropped also. There were also drops in cases of diseases such as cirrhosis and other alcohol related illnesses.
According to Habeeb Akande, “The more you overthink, the less you will understand.” People believes that drugs are dangerous, so they try not to get involved with drugs, albeit omission. Everyone distanced themselves from drugs because they are horrified, yet superficial understands what narcotics are. Legalizing drug will make people acknowledge the true form of the hazardous substances—understand the reasons to be aware of drugs—and the peaceful method to live with it. With this, civilian will receive more protection including the diminution of crimes, pragmatic regulation, and guaranteed health care. Legalizing drug will help in decreasing the crime rates.
The most significant prevention measure is the law. Police officers are vested with the duty of arresting any person who is caught driving while drunk. The fines for such an offense have been heightened in most states so as to reduce prevalence of drunk driving. While this method has been effective in reducing drunk driving, it is notable that a large number of offenders are never arrested; either due to police negligence or clever moves to avoid police inspection and scrutiny. Laws on underage drinking have been useful in preventing underage drinking.
“During this time his drinking increased. He was an alcoholic, but he wrote sober.” ("F.Scott Fitzgerald Centenary."). which is highly relatable to Gatsby’s non-drinking habit at his parties. “It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.” I guess you could say he was at work when he threw his parties, because his long-term goal was Daisy. However, Gatsby’s non-drinking lifestyle is completely opposite from Fitzgerald’s rarely being sober, alcohol did play a huge factor in Gatsby’s overall life and it is no surprise that Fitzgerald would imply it in Gatsby.
This quote by Mike Baird should alone prove that the lockout laws are doing exactly what they were made to do as they were put in place to reduce assaults in the CBD. These laws are also reducing the amount of drunk people on the streets of the central CBD area late at night, meaning there is not only less alcohol related assaults taking place, there is also less traffic problems caused by drunk citizens doing unintelligent things and causing traffic holdups or
The effects of legalizing drugs would not have a major effect on organized crime. Situation in the past support the theory that organize crime would still thrive even without the sale of illegal drugs. The corruption, extortion, and trafficking would still be a major source of organized crimes income. In the 1920’s and early 30s when we had prohibition crime groups ran the illegal “speak easy”. The sale of illegal alcohol is similar to the sale of illegal drugs today.