Carrick, Pennsylvania is the drug overdose capital of the region. The article featured in the New York Times, “Riding OD Road” by Rich Lord is a powerful multimedia article which examines the underlying causes of the several overdoses that occur in Carrick, Pennsylvania. In order to get a better understanding of why people resort to drugs in this city, the article focuses on a number of individuals who have suffered from drug overdoses and those who have witnessed drug abuse in the neighborhood. Lord successfully utilizes rhetorical appeals such as pathos and logos, and several forms of interactive multimedia to draw the reader into the article and spread awareness of the serious concerns for the town of Carrick. The article “Riding
This strategically regime that governed tactic execution made a rise in 1980s jail population to 513,900. That's nearly 156,608 more people broken from families with petty crimes. As stated before, fear was a tactic to justify these actions. Willie Thornton picture showed a messy, monstrous, and fearful black male. His picture did more justice than his conviction.
Many factors have played into why minorities are so overrepresented within the criminal justice and corrections system, however, I will focus on two main reasons into why this disparity has existed. The first being, the manipulation of laws by elites targeting minority communities. For example, during the 70s and 80s, drugs in America became very popular and in particular crack-cocaine became a leading drug among consumers. For Caucasians, the drug of choice was cocaine which they would snort through the nose, for African-Americans it was crack which was cocaine, however, it was cooked into a rock while cocaine is a powder substance. During this time period both drugs were popular among both races, though, there was a bigger crackdown on crack and the minority community.
According to the article, “Why Police Kill Black Males”, Gilbert and Rashan state, “The criminalization of black males has a long history in the USA, which has resulted in an increase in policing behaviors by legal authorities” (Gilbert and Rashan). They also assert that black males in America have been stereotyped as violent criminals, felons, drug dealers and sexual predators (Gilbert and Rashan). Even more striking is the claim by Matthew Hughley in his article which appeared in Critical Sociology, that the criminal justice system has evolved the ideology that blacks have an inherent predisposition to commit crime (Hughey 857). Sadly, black males are perceived as threats even when they are unarmed. Hughey supports this assertion when he states, “Black Americans who are fatally shot by police are, in fact, less likely to be posing an imminent lethal threat to the officers at the moment they are killed than white Americans fatally shot by police” (Hughey 859).
There comes a time when a nation needs to realize that when a world crisis such as the “War on Drugs” persists in our society -- change is necessary. In the film Traffic directed by Steven Soderbergh, the “War on Drugs” is represented in different perspectives to illustrate the issue at diverse levels. Played by Michael Douglas, Robert Wakefield is an Ohio judge who’s appointed do the head drug position in the government. Through his point of view, it’s clear he holds the typical opinions and views of majority of people who are pro-criminalization of drugs. His daughter, an honor student, and your “perfect citizen” type character, is Caroline Wakefield played by Erika Christensen.
Theft and handling stolen goods is the most common indictable offense for women. Female arrestees acknowledged as having drug problems are more probable than men to have received drug treatment, spend more money on drugs, report recent use of more harmful drugs and are more often referred to a drug rehabilitation unit (Trueman, 2015). Violent crimes are often committed by women as well. Violence is most common when the victim is male, since he may resist more than a woman (Pollock, 2002). Half of the women incarcerated for homicide or murder related charges are serving time for that offense and that offense was their only offense.
These riots were so big that the United States National guard had to be called in order to calm down the people of Los Angeles. the King trial shows the evolution of an era that shuns what happens behind closed doors to an era which shows the harsh reality of police brutality with new means of communication and the growth of technology with the smartphone and videotaping. Kings substance abuse issues and how bad the cops actually beat King up led up to the Rodney King trial. Before the beating and trial King dealt with many substance abuse issues(Karen Bates). King was actually on
War on drugs, a campaign for the prohibition of drugs using military aid and military intervention gave birth to mass incarceration. Unfortunately, the consequences of this campaign targeted minorities and people of color, who are in disadvantage. Mass incarceration promotes devastating effects in society, such as racial inequality and poverty. Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar is the author of “The New Jim Crow” Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.This book purposed to educate people about of mass incarceration that originated due to the war on the drug's movement, as well as to point out the racist system. Michelle Alexander asserts: As we all shall see, there is a certain pattern
Incarceration refers to the constitutional deprivation of an offender the capacity to commit crimes by detaining them in prisons. The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any free nation. The U.S incarcerates five times more people than the United Kingdom, nine times more than Germany and twelve times more than Japan (Collier, 2014, p.56). Incarceration has several objectives. One of these is to keep persons suspected of committing a crime under secure control before a court of competent jurisdiction determines whether they are guilty or innocent.
Like Grendel from from Beowulf drugs can physically hurt people, but they also can cause an internal conflict, conflict like the fear and lament; that Grendel caused the kingdom of Herot. But like the poem Beowulf we have heroes in our societies that fight it everyday. Drugs they appear everywhere, from schools to city streets, and their path of destruction is a devastating one. A part of this path is the families that are constantly being broken up and ruined. From anything like Legal consequences to the drug user putting their addiction before their family.
2. Latino people often have high arrest rates.This is an issue because Latinos account for an excessive amount of all felony and misdemeanor arrests. To explain, Latinos are much more likely than White Americans to get arrested.Latinos account for almost half (46 percent) of all documented gang members in the United States.The issue here is that despite the high numbers of documented Latino gang members, only 3 percent of young Latinos aged sixteen to twenty-five report that they are now or have ever been in a gang.
Research shows that African Americans and Hispanics are often charged longer sentences and are convicted of crimes that only require mandatory minimum sentencing far more than Whites. While some believe that the system is racist and unfair, others argue that the high rates of incarceration of these ethnic groups reflect their crime rates and not
It seems American media has tried to justify many mass shootings, to mental health. It is in the way our society ties these connections that it shows not only our politics, biases, and blind spots but also what it does for those troubled individuals, that acts alone (Metzl, "Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms"). It is hard to turn on a news and not hear about the topic of guns, with multiple mass shooting and the push for gun control, mental health is frivolously thrown around for political gain. When people associate extreme violence with mental health and read about murder trials defendants "not guilty by reason of insanity” it is understandable people do not want to be associated with this image. It
We have been fighting drug abuse for almost a century. The war on drugs is a growing problem in America everyday. This war is becoming an unfortunate loss. Our courts, hospitals, and prisons are continuously being filled with drug abusers. Violent crime the ravages our neighborhood is a result of the drug trade.
The article “In Heroin Crisis, White Families Seek Gentler War on Drugs” by Katharine Q. Seelye, targets the families and the fatalities of their loved ones to raise awareness on the impact of heroin addiction and the life-long destruction physically, emotionally, and mentally it displays. The article focuses on the effort and empathy law enforcement are enacting on the victims of drug abusers. Progressively, law enforcement is constructing ways to restrict the amount of incarceration and punishment to addicts. The article’s pattern is cause and effect, tied with description and the purpose being informative using facts and statistics to back the claims along with expressive as there is definitely moments of sentiment to catch the audience’s feelings. The primary purpose of this article would definitely be informative as the author uses many statistics and facts to inform the audience how serious heroin addiction can be.