The War On Drugs: The Prison Industrial Complex

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The war on drugs has been going on for more than three decades. Today, nearly 500,000 Americans are imprisoned on drug charges. In 1980 the number was 50,000. Last year $40 billion in taxpayer dollars were spent in fighting the war on drugs. As a result of the incarceration obsession, the United States operates the largest prison system on the planet, and the U.S. nonviolent prisoner population is larger than the combined populations of Wyoming and Alaska. Try to imagine the Drug Enforcement Administration erecting razor wire barricades around two states to control crime and you’ll get the picture.

According to the U.S. Dept of Justice, the number of offenders under age 18 imprisoned for drug offenses increased twelvefold from 1985 to 1997. The group most affected by this propensity for incarceration is African-Americans. From 1985 to 1997, the percentage of African-American young people put in prison increased from 53 to 62 percent.

Today, 89 percent of police departments have paramilitary units, and 46 percent have been trained by active duty armed forces. The most common use of paramilitary units is serving drug-related search warrants, which usually involve no-knock entries into private homes.

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    Tender thanks you looking for details. It helped me in my assignment

  • lars

    A follow up from the situation today would be really interesting.

    this is just sad and so fukked up…america, the land of the free….

  • Pokem044

    thieves.

  • Pokem044

    But I guess it does make sense that you should have to prove your money.. I am conflicted.

  • Pokem044

    I am by no means a supporter of the drug industry; it’s easily one of the more detrimental components of society – but it’s too bad so much energy can’t be spent on something more significant, like environmental crime.

  • Pokem044

    I am by no means a supporter of the drug industry; it’s easily one of the more detrimental components of society – but it’s too bad so much energy can’t be spent on something more significant, like environmental crime.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thedietrich David Dietrich

    nobody mentioned this thing isn’t in english… until now. It’s not.

  • Anonymous

    Theft by government is all this is.

  • Joshua

    Ron Paul is the man that the establishment fears. He will not allow Americans’ freedoms to be taken away little by little, as they are now. He believes that you should be able to live your life in the way that you see fit, as long as you do not harm others. He will not continue to fuel the war machine and waste our dear soldiers’ lives and our money. He will bring all the troops home instead of occupying all these other countries and making more and more enemies. We would not tolerate another country invading our land and patrolling our streets with armed soldiers wearing the uniform of a foreign nation. We should not do this to other countries either. For Freedom, for Peace, vote for the defender of the Constitution, Ron Paul!
    (And whether you like him or not, please don’t let his enemies give you your opinion of him. I urge everyone, check out his site for yourself!)

  • http://twitter.com/UncleArty1 Uncle Arty

    When I was in High School I asked the question “How did Hitler get away with what he was doing for so long?” to which my History teacher simply replied “He wrote the laws” And its these so called peace officers that carry out those laws.