“Campaign finance laws were enacted. Ford's Rockefeller Commission, which conducted a limited review of domestic CIA operations, was overtaken by the much more aggressive Church Committee and other post-Watergate Congressional investigation”(Watergate). All the reforms were good for the country but there is still a sense of lack of faith or no faith in the government. (PBS). One positive about the Watergate scandal is that the government showed that even when a president does the impossible like a Saturday Night Massacre when he fired everyone that was important to the trial, that he is still going to get caught.
All things considered, my experience at the King County Drug Diversion Court opened my eyes to some of the changes occurring in our justice system in regards to the War on Drugs. Our government is finally recognizing the tyranny it has caused. We are all human and are all not perfect. It’s humbling to witness these offenders, amidst their adversity of drug abuse, still hope and dream for a brighter
My home state of Minnesota is currently dealing with what Richard Nixon states was “public enemy number one”, and this is a drug crisis, in particular an opioid crisis that has taken the lives of 395 Minnesotans just in 2016. What is the current government doing to help solve this problem? They declared it a national public health crisis but other than that they have pushed for stricter drug control like Nixon did back during his presidency. Nixon started the war on drugs to help him win his presidential campaign and it has been something that has had negative effects to Americans ever since. The War On Drugs has been a failure to the American people through its adverse effect on African American communities, its establishment of unjust mandatory
People have concluded that is wrong to sell your body for money and that there are other way jobs available that are less degrading. As the years progress, prostitution will continue to be viewed a corrupt and shameful profession. The public opinion around prostitution has dramatically changed over the past century. In John Steinbeck’s novel, East of Eden, he describes a time where prostitution was not only common but accepted. Throughout the novel, he mentions the profession several times and the public views surrounding it.
With the failure of the rehabilitation programs, the United States had to turn to the retribution model of punishment. Also at the turn of the decade into the 80’s, The War on Drugs kick started the epidemic of prison overcrowding, and launched America into a downward plunge of economic and political turmoil. The mandatory minimum sentencing policy that was in place did not help the situation either, giving long incarceration sentences to prisoners who didn’t deserve it. Criminals were given the minimum sentences for crimes, and judges carried them out precisely. Race and poverty were also side contributors that contributed to the bigger picture of the issue.
I too was shocked throughout the film many times, specifically because so many people were unaware of the Current 'War on Drugs. ' Either people associated the term in regards to a third world country, or like one women stated “I haven 't heard that since the 80 's.” The film stated that the term was born under Nixon 's presidency in the 60 's and 70 's, and while he did some progressive thing in regards to treatment, during his second reelection he digressed, and used harsh penalties. This film brought up some deeply disturbing facts, especially with the large number of non violent criminals behind bars because of such strict drug laws. Also it 's no secret that our nation jails it 's population the most compared to other regions in the
It worked as a form of reward for the prisoners to be able to work on these jobs and give them a feeling of improvement rather than shame. But, the vision in mind during its inception had all but crumbled amid overcrowding that began in the 1950s and violent clashes among inmates and guards ensued. It soon gave birth to two notorious gangs, whose members launched a violent war for supremacy. (Coto, D., 2014) Judge Juan M. Perez-Gimenez of United States District Court, presided over a class action filed by inmates in 1979 over prison overcrowding. Just in 2007, a federal district court in Puerto Rico held that the governor of Puerto Rico and island prison officials were in contempt of court for violating an injunction requiring that prisoners be given first 35 square feet, then 50 ft., then 70 square feet of living space per prisoner.
Federal laws are being passed but with any law, civil attorneys are finding loop holes of these laws that are getting their clients off or a lesser charge being given. In 1970 congress passed a law known as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt organizations (RICO) to help eliminate the negative effects on the economy due to organized crime and to help bring down the mafia (Cornell University of Law School, 2016). During this time RICO worked really well until 1980. In 1980 civil attorneys were able to dig deeper into the law and in section 1946(c) of the RICO act stated that anyone injured due to the RICO law allows for civil claim (Cornell University of Law, 2016). Meaning people involved like with RICO could receive compensation from the government.
The government’s lack of interest in the help of the people suffering in the film creates a link to the issue of big companies and their addiction to profit putting money before others. In both films as mentioned earlier strongly touch on the realism of sexism during the times that the works are based on through protagonists and supporting protagonists. Alan in The Imitation Game is limited to what he can be at the ending of the film due to his homosexuality, and ends up taking his life because of the scrutiny he faces. As a relation to present times it urges people to be more accepting of the LGBT community. In both films the rise against government is a strong thematic device to make relations to the viewers world.
Politically, in many ways, they are correct. John P Walter, the former director of The White House Office of National Drug control policy, points out that failure to fight against drug legalization in the country works against International anti-drug efforts. This could then weaken ties with Nations that have been strong trade partners and political allies, thus weakening our country's position in the world. In opposition to this point, some argue that the weakened trade alliances could benefit our country by encouraging businesses to remain in the United States rather than outsourcing their businesses