Response#17 LSJ 375 - criminal law enforcement. I agree...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Response: Policing and Public Health Drug use has been characterized as a widely degenerative and criminalist activity. Harm reduction policy supporter’s advocate safe administration sites and decriminalization of low level drug offenses. Maher and Dixon argue that this type of harm minimization is in direct conflict with the dominant policing practices of law enforcement. In a case study of Cabramatta Australia, they interview local low level offenders and discuss the affects of local law enforcement. Maher and Dixon find that discretionary tactics in “order maintenance” fail to promote harm reduction and instead promote increased public health risk. For heroin users, detection by law enforcement often outweighs the health risks presented by unsafe IUD administration. They conclude that high intensity crackdowns often push drug markets into directions that are highly detrimental to public health. The interaction between harm reduction techniques and policing is largely a new arena in
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: criminal law enforcement. I agree with Maher and Dixon’s conclusion that harm reduction techniques are only effective when they are congruent with local law enforcement. But, it is difficult to maintain where harm reduction ends and law enforcement begins. When does public safety outweigh the need to enforce law? If law is not enforced uniformly and possesses no consequences, why does it exist? In relation to drug laws, harm reduction policies seem to be effective when they offer safe administration sites where users are given access to state funded drug-treatment options. But, at what point do we determine that not only should the safe site be funded but also the drug itself. The argument behind discretionary tactics and harm minimization is not only problematic for enforcement but also philosophical in its foundation. If law enforcement fails to reduce crime, why enforce law?...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 10/21/2008 for the course LSJ 375 taught by Professor Herbert during the Fall '07 term at University of Washington.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online