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Introduction to Social Problems Final Exam, Spring 2011 Alissa Thompson Crime & Drugs: Chapter 30 “Three Fatal Flaws in the War on Drugs” – Eva Bertram, Morris Blachman, Kenneth Sharpe, and Peter Andreas, & Chapter 32 “Thinking About Crime” – Michael Tonry 1. What is the problem? The main problem from Chapter 30 is the war on drugs in all aspects is not succeeding. The drug industry continues to grow, and the problem is not being attacked successfully. Chapter 32’s main issue is how officials are appointed into office can influence how they create or change laws on punishment for crimes. The officials tend to sympathize less with criminals when they do harm to other people. The two are related in a sense that the laws the officials make are geared towards the users and suppliers involved in chapter 30. The two social problems are different because one consists of how the problem is not effectively being fixed, and the other is how problems can be fixed based on how officials are appointed into office. 2. What makes them social problems? Many people are hurt by the war on drugs. Everyone, in general, has to pay a high price for the health and crime costs brought on from the war on drugs policies (Bertram, Blachman, Sharpe, and Andreas 341). Other people include the farmers who grow the drugs and the suppliers. Even though the suppliers will be impacted on the elimination of drugs, they still will be able to make a profit. Production price is so low and profits are inflated mean that suppliers can afford to lose 70-80% of their product and still make enough money (335). The main value being challenged from selling drugs is how to make an honest dollar. A person can’t learn the true meaning of making money by selling something illegal. How officials are appointed also affects everyone as a whole. Chapter 32 states that politically selected officials are more likely than career officials to
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