Our had of narcotics led to drug

Our
society has been threatened with various issues that we’ve been dealing with
for decades. These issues have been broadcasted since the 80s and are still
being broadcasted to this day. The issues consist of drugs, violence, burglary,
etc. How has the government handled these heinous acts? They’ve handled it by
declaring war on crime and imprisoning 2.3 million people, including teenagers as
young as 13.  We have 7 million people
who are on probation or parole. We’ve earned the title of having the highest
incarceration rate in the world. It’s great that the U.S wants to keep bad
things from happening to good people, but our criminal justice system focuses
more on punishment rather than corrections which has led to mass incarceration
from mandatory minimums, put the human rights, or the lack of rights, of prisoners
into question and the hopelessness that communities of color and poverty feel
when faced with the inequality they experience in this system.

 

Mass
incarceration happens from lengthy sentences thanks to mandatory minimums, a
predefined term of sentencing for a crime. Mandatory minimums can be
unforgiving, especially for drug offenses. 1 in 5 people are incarcerated for a
drug offense. There’s half a million people who
are locked up because of a drug offense and there are more than 6 times as many
arrests for drug possession. The sentencing
is dependent on what kind and how much of a drug is on the person, but
sentencing can range anywhere from 5 years to life in prison.

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President
Nixon was the first president to implement a, “war on drugs” in the early 1970s
as the 60s was a decade rife with drug use as it was seen as a symbol for social
upheaval and political dissent. This idea
the government had of narcotics led to drug hysteria and skyrocketing
incarceration rates in the 80s and 90s. Laws such as the Comprehensive Crime
Control Act of 1984, the Anti-drug Abuse Act of 1986, and the Anti-drug Abuse
Act of 1988 and lastly, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994
were passed. In 1984, 462,002 people were imprisoned in a U.S federal or State
institution. That number rose to 882, 500 in 1992 and then to 1,125,870 in
1995. 

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