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. 21) that continue to use and spread the use of illegal drugs. These street cultures transcend the common stereotype of drug users, such as low income communities in cities or welfare recipients, and can be found in every economic class and location. They are groups of people who have
There are a massive number of serious criminal cases in the criminal justice system that needs to be prioritized by prosecutors like robbery, rape, and murder. However, there are less serious criminal cases like possession of marijuana that get more attention than it should. With the large use of marijuana and the large number of cases that is placed in the criminal justice system, the decriminalization of America 's biggest illegal cash crop, marijuana, will put a stop to the many problems that is legalization creates. With marijuana having such a negative stigma attached by the government and the public, it is hard to identify the positive effects that the marijuana plant has to offer. The decriminalization of marijuana would benefit the economy, lower the
Yuzhuo Zhang (Mark) 1601068 EDS 1 Both conservative and liberal lawmakers intertwined thoroughly to control the crime as it was a domestic policy issue. Reagan spent more money than Lyndon on controlling the crime. Reagan’s War on Drugs were based on Johnson’s Crime on Crime. Reagan thought that drugs were an important reason why lots of crime happened. Their policies both leaded to the mass incarceration.
In both videos it was discussed how poor neighborhoods were the target for drug bust areas. This then resulted in more African Americans getting arrested for possession of drugs. Once they were arrested the amount of time they would do for the possession was sometimes life sentences. This caused prisons to become over crowded and
The crack epidemic in the US was appearent during the Reagan era. The war on drugs began when the CIA decided to bring the drug into the low income communities. This epidemic exploded before anyone really noticed. "Crack was a plague that spread through African American neighborhoods like wildfire" (Bean, 2014). Laws changed so that the powder meant you went to jail for longer even thoough it was a non-violent offense.
As of 2014 “Heroin is now causing more deaths than car crashes or violent crime”. This concerning statistic was brought forth from Retro Report’s film “Heroin and the War on Drugs” published by The New York Time’s. The saddening video clip commences with the 1960’s when America’s heroin drug problem truly began to flourish. It voices Richard Nixon during his presidential campaign ad of 1968 where he stated “crimes of violence in America will double by 1972. We cannot accept that kind of future for America” and continues on by exposing the harsh drug laws implemented by Nelson Rockefeller.
I think some of the drug laws that are enforced are ridiculous, for instance in the move that we watched in class stated that people are receiving mandatory life sentences. In someone cases because of the drug laws a person can’t get below a 20year sentencing. I agree with you, the system is not fair at all. If you are caught with drugs, no matter the form or type the rules need to be the same for everyone. I think that goes back to the war on drugs, and how because this was not happening it became a drug war (destruction of human life).
On October 14, 1982, Ronald Regan declared illicit drugs to be a threat to U.S. national security and waged a “war on drugs.” He proclaimed, “America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new all-out offensive.” In other words, he along with his party used this drug war as a tactic to limit voting for people of color and reign them powerless in the American political system. Michelle Alexander recognized the true meaning of Regan’s declaration in her book "The New Jim Crow," arguing that, “the system of mass incarceration based on drug charges was created as a form of racial control and exists as a way to keep people of color in permanent states of economic, political, and social marginalization much as the Jim Crow laws of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.” Following Regan’s declaration, a number of policies were passed in an effort to fulfill the War on Drugs’ inherent racial agendas of keeping minority groups powerless in the American political system, and as a result, leading to their mass incarceration. Again, I like how this links to your main
Jobs applications, Financial Aid, Public Housing, and food stamps applications often ask for citizen’s criminal records, stigmatizing those who came out of the system, robbing them of opportunities. It’s very hard to find employment, convicts are all treated the same regardless of crime. In The New Jim Crow, the author talks about how young blacks are more likely to go to jail than college due to the system of incarceration. In fact, she cites a source that explains that in 2001, there were more blacks in the Illinois state prison, then there were in the state’s public universities, on drug charges alone. So forty years after the drug war was first declared, it still goes on, normalized by the commentary in media, and stereotypes assigned to those who serve time in correctional facilities.
When the United States federal government began to intervene in the food and drug businesses, the history of early food regulation in the United States started with the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act. This was the first of significant consumer protection laws that were enacted by the federal government in the 20th century which also led to the creation of the food and drug administration. The main purpose was to ban foreign and interstate traffic in the adulterated or the mislabeled food and drug products. It is directed by the US Bureau of chemistry to inspect products and to refer offenders to prosecutors. It is required to have active ingredients be placed on the labels of a drug’s packaging and that the drugs could not fall below any of
The Black Panther Party, the Rodney King Race Riots and George Zimmerman are examples. There is a clearly established judicial system in place, which possesses the ability to enact its laws, but the public loses confidence in the system and feels justification for striking out (Brown, 1976). Rising crime rates, especially of those during the 1980s, create a society which is more trigger jumpy and find power in being able to protect themselves against (Scully & Moorman, 2014). Belief in self defense rises to an all time high as “armed citizens annually encounter, and kill, as many as three times more violent offenders than police do and instances of lawful defensive gun use by citizens each year actually exceed fun misuse by felons.” (Scully & Moorman, 2014) Through crime rates, and attempts to combat them, this pseudo vigilantism has created more violence than ever before. The belief that vigilantism is justifiable becomes reinforced by pop culture, through Batman, Dexter and Died Hard.
Binge drinking involves drinking at a very fast rate in order to get drunk which clearly can be incredibly dangerous, especially for inexperienced drinkers. Carleton relies on personal responsibility heavily but also provides many regulations meant to keep students safe. It has also been shown that alcohol is a leading cause of sexual assaults on college campuses. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “researchers consistently have found that approximately one-half of all sexual assaults are committed by men who have been drinking alcohol” and “approximately one-half of all sexual assault victims report that they were drinking alcohol at the time of the assault.” Alcohol and sexual assault are clearly connected so having an open policy can also lead to an increase in sexual assault cases on campus. Once again Carleton is putting students in danger by letting them drinking without any kind of punishment.
Cartels all across the nation have a big influence on the raging war with drugs. By Mexico and Colombia trafficking drugs across the border by land, sea, and air, it adds fuel to the constant fire burning known as drug addicts. Not only do they affect society, but doctors assist in this habit by prescribing unnecessary narcotics to treat minor aches and pains. The most commonly traded drugs include marijuana and cocaine, shown as mostly popular among teens and young adults. Because of the number of fatalities that have occurred due to drug overdose and other contributing factors, drug abuse has proven to be the nation’s number one problem.