This statistic alone, is enough to show that something must be very wrong with the American justice system. How can one country alone, produce so many criminals? For comparison, the website also stated that the prison population of the United States is 7 times... ... middle of paper ... ...ackle their problems or focus on changing their lives for the better if they are only dealing with more violence in prison? Our justice system is broken and our prison population is out of hand. If we do not ever get control over it, then maybe one day half of our population will be in prison.
“More than half of federal prisoners are incarcerated for drug crimes…” (Branson, 2012). Nonviolent drug offenses in America are unrightly over punished, causing more harm than good to those charged and all American citizens. Drug arrests and imprisonments are far too common and are taking focus off of more important crimes. The sentences for nonviolent drug crimes are far too long and harsh for the crime. Punishment against nonviolent drug crimes are not working and is causing more harm than good.
She claims that politicians like Nixon and Reagan first used racially coded language to sway voters which would lead to the drug war (Alexander 47). Alexander argues that the War on Drugs ignited this trend despite many people disputing her claim (102), blaming it on the decade on rampant violent crime. Her most venomous argument focuses on the racial bias in the legal system at all levels; she claims that the discretion of law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges allow for the mass incarceration of African Americans. The mass incarceration paired with racial bias and discretion allow for a segregation that affects impoverished African Americans most drastically by locking them in ghettos or prisons (Alexander 122). The most profound effect of this system is the metaphorical segregation of African Americans.
Drug addiction means that the brain is saying I need drugs now it must have drugs. This offten means that addicts commit crimes to get money for drugs.Studies show that drug use increases criminal behavior: *64% of violent crimes involve someone on drugs. *75% Of prison inmates have a drug use history. *24% of addicts start dealing drugs to support their habit. Studies also show that drugs play a big part in youth and crime: *more than 83% of youth in prison have used drugs.
The real question is whether or not this “war” is working. Most people would like to believe that it is, and there are a few statistics that show it has. But just watch any news program, and you will see this war has failed miserably. Drug-related crimes happen constantly in today’s society, and in recent years have involved increasing numbers of innocent bye standards. Daily, police officers face ruthless dealers, who would rather shoot at a cop than spend 25 years in prison.
And this problem has caused higher crimes rates as well as the spread of infectious diseases within the prisons particularly in Brazil and Mexico because their countries with higher prevalence of injecting drug users (IDUs) and because they go unseen (Dolan 36). Prisons systems are difficult to support especially in countries like Brazil and Mexico where crime is rising like there’s no tomorrow an... ... middle of paper ... ... an issue now because the government is trying to fight crime as well as a war with drug cartels and during the last three years they have arrested more than 67,000 criminals. The inmates that are incarcerated are from different gangs and once there inside the same walls it creates these riots, which means another war inside the prisons (Ellingwood). And in 2009, there was another riot in which 20 died and 15 were wounded was due to drug cartels in Juarez (CNN). This is happening a lot and it will continue to happen as long as the drug war keeps being a problem in Mexico.
They reveal that in one year, the federal government reallocated more than a quarter of total spending for university construction toward prison construction. The laws are unjust in other ways as well: they target minorities and the poor disproportionately while turning a blind eye to the rich. On paper, these laws... ... middle of paper ... ...e cost-effective approach to the drug war. It can hardly be a coincidence that the percentage of American citizens who smoke marijuana is two times the percentage of Amsterdam citizens who smoke marijuana, even though marijuana is legal in Amsterdam. The criminalization of drug use has put its regulation in the hands of corrupt forces that are above the law.
According to him we cage individuals at an alarming rate despite the general consensus of the criminal system being a failure. He cites the information of Princeton criminologist John DiIlulio that about three out of four felons are released early or not locked up at all. Many of them are on the streets without meaningful parole or supervision. And while many believe that amateur thugs should be deterred before they become career criminals, it is almost unheard of for judges to send first or second time offenders to jail. Jacoby then goes on to ridicule our current penal system by estimating the cost to cage criminals at about thirty thousand per inmate per year.
This separate case is believed to be focusing on as many as 20 lawmakers and their aides. This is a white collar crime and it’s one of the reasons why we should not have lobbyist in our government. Abramoff swindled money from one interest group took that money for his own personal gain as well as bribing elected government officials. In my opinion, I think that all of the elected officials in government are taking bribes because they all need money t... ... middle of paper ... ...s in jail. If you steal millions from people in white collar crimes and destroy their lives and never repay the money, you will probably get 2 to 5 years with a good lawyer.
The biggest drug industry is within the US with 10-16 billion USD spent on illegal drugs spending. The aim is to get a drug free America, however with the highest number of prisoners being 2.3 million, it is evident that an increasing number of younger kids wish to get involved in this drug line and smuggle/sell/use drugs. This obviously results in a further build up of the war on drugs. This drug war started through propaganda, which is misleading information. It is explained that the entire game was about cops and survival, something like a good guys versus bad guys game.