Prisons and Prisoners Vanesa chapter 4 and 5

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Decriminalization/ legalization trades a big of problem for a small set of problems Means of the war on drigs Proportionality: rules of engagement include this for going to war Simple possession sent to prison for 35 to life for third strike is disproportionate Contributes to problems in offenders and only gets the small fries not the big fish Race is associated with people who are more likely to use drugs and cause crimes but that is not true (pg 49) 12 percent of population is African American and represent 13 percent of drug users so they are proportioned to their population and not more likely to use drugs and 55 percent of convictions for drug possession and 74 percent of sentances for drug possession which perpetuates the myth of drug use of African Americans that is not true Also perpetuates the myth of the panic of particular drugs used by people Crack-cocaine was seen as deadlier than powder cocaine which was primarily used in urban populations during Clinton administration but the difference between the two was found to be slim to none between the two drugs Under 1986 law US courts does not have to provide evidence instead they can use testimony Is subject to cross-examination but that opened the door to test a lie or
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2009 for the course 215 202 taught by Professor Welch during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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Prisons and Prisoners Vanesa chapter 4 and 5 -...

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