Addicts end up committing crimes to pay for drugs because of their high cost, small time users and dealers have no choice but to turn to a life of crime if they are incarcerated, drug cartels break laws to retain power, and more often than not, police officials are also lured by the high markups in the drug trade. By criminalizing drug use, we are creating a vicious cycle of crime that is undermining the very purpose of this policy.
As he began dealing crack cocaine and street drugs, his life took a different direction than that of his older brother, Victor. Rodney, who mentors Strike and is the drug-dealing kingpin of the Brooklyn Projects, has other plans for Strike. As Strike had learned from Rodney in the past, he now mentors his own protégé, Tyrone, an 11-year-old boy who hangs around Strike (Rich, 2012, p.1). The film shows that the crime-fighting agenda in the mid 1990’s was misinterpreted and wrongly directed within the inner city. The racial disparity, hardship, discrimination and loss of life of minorities living in the inner city during the 1990’s occurred due to social injustices and misinterpreting how to resolve issues of drug trafficking and violence in the inner city.
During this time, “criminal organizations profited from American’s insatiable desire for liquor, and then defended those profits by murdering hundreds of their competitors and infiltrating legitimate businesses, labor unions, and government,” but that was not even the worst part of this time period. Essentially, Bonnie and Clyde grew up in a time where crime was not only overlooked, but generally celebrated by the rest of the country. People who would not otherwise break a federal law believed that prohibition was something to be rivaled against. There was much backlash against the government, both state and national, and crime became a normal occurrence. This was just an affect of the fact that people stopped believing government was there to keep them safe.
Murders, rape, abuse, assault, driving accidents and robbery are just some associated with crack, and any other drug. Owners of drug houses or who deal are often victims of personally robbery, and cant report it to the police due to the illegal activity their involved with. Who wants to wake up to a gun in their face, and watch all of their "hard earned" possessions be stolen? So how do we determine if that crummy house around the corner is selling crack? Police departments around the US are trying to reduce the number of crackhouses, apartment units, motel rooms and other properties that engage in illegal drug trafficking and promote crime with in a neighborhood.
The Mafia way of life may seem like a romantic updated version of the western movie played out on the streets of the big cities where the good guys and the wise guys who share the same instincts and values do battle before an enthralled public but it is actually very different. The Mafia is really just a group of uneducated thugs making money by victimizing the public. Initially, the Mafia was setup as a prominent supplier of bootlegged liquor, but it has spread into many different areas of crime. During this research paper I will discuss three aspects of the Mafia which are crime, structure and decline in leadership. The Mob siphons off public funds, rigs contracts, corrupts unions which many hard working people with legitimate jobs are a part of, smuggles drugs, and runs illegal gambling rings.
Mobsters started running very illegal monopolies as a living and hiring common people to do their dirty work. This lead to some very serious gang related violence. Due to all of this occurring at the same time, it changed the way in which police forces were ran. Prohibition led to widespread organized crime in the 1920s and 1930s because it opened up an illegal monopoly for gangs, initiated gang related violence, and the change it the way police forces operated, forever changing America as a result. Big time Mobsters began setting up some big ideas for big business.
Therefore, crack was a serious problem during the 1980s and it was also destroying society. Due to the negative impact of crack, America began to create homeless addicts, crack babies, an increase in gang violence, and an increase in burglaries. According to Gary Webb, “San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army” (n.p). Therefore, the crack epidemic was no accident; the crack was purposely shipped out for personal gain of war materials. Due to the selfishness of this action, many people in America will be suffering severe consequences.
It portray violence and gang activity to be normal. There was numerous amount of violence in the Bronx during late 20th century, because of low wages and unemployment, which made people turn to other alternative like drug dealing. The Warlord was a gang displayed in the Get Down who attacked Zeke and his friend for being on their territory. Gangs were everywhere in the Bronx particularly on every block. During this time it wasn’t safe to travel alone because there was a high crime rate, which is the reason gangs were created in the first place because it would give young teens and children a sense of protection.
When was the last time you were able to turn on the news and not hear about some sort of violent act? Crime is a growing concern amongst most cities, and street gangs are behind a lot of the trouble. Street gangs have plagued the streets for centuries and there is no stopping the urge to commit such hideous crimes. Gangs grow from recruiting young kids but what makes a kid decide to join a crime filled lifestyle. The gang life contains many negative aspects including the most notorious reason for violence, drugs.
But drug users hurt themselves more than anybody because they are supporting violent crimes in the drug world. Just by using drugs they become part of that drug world. They are already commiting acrime. But the relationship between drug use and crime often means that drug users go on to commit crimes like robbery,burglary,assult, and murder. Drug addiction means that the brain is saying I need drugs now it must have drugs.