In his article, “Toward a Policy on Drugs,” Elliot Currie discusses “the magnitude and severity of our drug crisis” (para. 21), and how “no other country has anything resembling the American drug problem” (para. 21). The best way to describe America’s drug problem is that it is a hole continuously digs itself deeper. America’s drug issues were likely comparable to other country’s at one point in time, but today it can be blamed on the “street cultures” (para.
Harris works and lives in the inner-city streets where the drug dealers overrun the city. Harris’ personal beliefs and sense of justice are a result of his life experiences with criminals and drug dealers. His ideas of justice and sense of right and wrong coupled with the social factors of drugs and crime in his community contribute to Harris’ unethical conduct. For instance, the temptations are always present in the circumstances when raiding any drug dealer activity. Drug dealers possess a lot of money and drugs, such as the Training Day movie, in which money and drugs influence Harris, so he acts criminalized.
I am from Long Island, New York, over the past few years. The heroin epidemic has been a major problem (and still is). Long Island is still struggling with its war on heroin, two counties make up Long Island, which is Nassau and Suffolk County. Nassau County is closer to the Five Burroughs, New York City, Nassau County is more of a suburban / urban area because it’s like the City, but isn’t; many resources that are convenient to people
Let’s look at the punishment related to crack cocaine use offenses and how they are that much more severe than the punishment for illicit use of prescription opioids. Through this research we will come to realize that the only real difference between the two is the skin color of the people using them. With a rapid increase of deaths related to the misuse of pain relief prescription medications there is a frenzy in the “white community”. However, this same type of sympathy was unheard of during the black crack cocaine epidemic of the 1990s. Where the most aggressive drug sentencing laws to date were instituted, impacting minorities
The video that I have chosen is Jayz War on Drugs (Epic Fail). This video informs you on how the war on drugs was started by Richard Nixon in 1971. It also describes how the war on drugs had a negative effect on the African Americans rather it be their families, communities, and schools. The movie The House I live in, describes the war on drugs as black hats vs white hats basically the good guys against the bad guys. In both videos it was discussed how poor neighborhoods were the target for drug bust areas.
Freddie was a young black male who underwent police brutality. After word got out about his situation, an uproar started around the city. According to Stolberg, a report for the New York Times, she wrote, “[many people] marched through the streets, clogging intersections” (Stolberg). This situation, of course, is much less severe than the issue addressed in the Kerner report. Regardless, Kerner implies that the current state of society at that time is driven towards a more racially divisive atmosphere.
He verbalizes viewing marijuana smoking as comparable to cigarette smoking and views the utilization and selling of drugs as a business. Mr. L also states that as a Hispanic male in a lower income neighborhood selling drugs was the only opportunity he was given and smoking weed is recreational and a God given right. He states his only reason for not smoking marijuana as MTC and the subsequent arrest he will receive for a positive toxicology. As therapy progressed with Mr. L revealed that smoking marijuana initiates a cycle of heavy spending on alcohol, gambling, strip clubs, and increased substance abuse followed by criminality to support the expenses, i.e., selling crack which
In No Way Out, Waverly Duck examines an urban neighborhood referred to as Bristol Hill, where the drug trade is prevalent among the residents. Duck challenges the popular misconception that these communities characterized by the drug trade, crime, and violence are tumultuous areas with no social order. Duck argues that the residents of this community have created an interaction order that is a complex social organization that allows for survival in such dangerous conditions. For seven years, Duck lived on Lyford Street in Bristol Hill, and his theory is built on his personal experiences and information gathered from residents in this community. Through residents’ personal narratives of their experiences and detailed observations, Duck validates his theory and shows how social order exists in these communities.
The Stonewall Riots took place after the New York Police raided a gay club, causing a disturbance among the community. The system of checks and balances is meant to even power within the Federal Government, but within we know it has its flaws. The judiciary has the least power of them all it is meant to evaluate laws that have been challenged. Executive carries out laws whereas the legislative makes laws. The formation of interest groups and the actions taken by the public greatly impact the power of the judiciary branch as well.
The movie "On the Waterfront" is an example of Film Noir which literally means black or dark film. Movies like this were more serious and explored more realistic and depressing subject matters. The movie was mainly about the struggle of the working longshoremen in Hoboken, New Jersey against the gangsters who bullied and extorted money from them. The protagonist of the movie is Terry Malloy. Terry Malloy’s character is an example of an anti-hero.
Correct the misinformation from the U.S. Congress to the relative extreme harmful effects with the use of crack cocaine as compared with powder cocaine; Inform the legislator to review the reports of the USSC regarding the previous actions in the case of crack cocaine criminal penalties. Sentencing penalties for possessing specific `drugs, must not be singled out as more dangerous, until the data has been reviewed. Correct and prevent the claims to the seriousness for the majority of crack cocaine offenses, without providing the data demonstrating the adequate proportionality. Their unfounded claims to the severity of the drug mostly impacted minorities. To reform, restructure, and repair the Federal Prison System by reducing the inmate
Racial profiling relates to having an ascribed status because they were born into a life of poverty and crime. Cops and others see people that live in section 8 housing as being below a standard that they are accustom to. In most cases people that come from a poor upbringing tend to move up on the social spectrum which is called achieved status, in fact those some people who lived in cop infested areas are now becoming doctors, lawyers and etc. Racial profiling violates the 4th amendment which stops unreasonable search and seizures without having a warrant from a court. A functionalist studies society as a whole and with racial profiling in New York and other cities it causes a big dilemma.