Unit 2 DB - Whos using and whos doing time: Incarceration,...

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Who’s using and who’s doing time: Incarceration, the war on drugs, and public health by L.D. Moore and A. Elkavich is an informational article aimed at the general public. The idea behind this article is to show the inadequacies that the current war on drugs has and the negative effects it has on our families and communities. The authors depict a picture that not many people see or are willing to acknowledge; that the current war on drugs is grossly ineffective and bias. This article shows us how our judicial system targets minorities in their war on drugs efforts. This is evident that according to Fellner J (2000), only 15% of illicit drug users are African American, yet African Americans constitute 63% of our prisoners incarcerated on drug offenses. The perceived success of the war is due to the rise in the incarceration rate of drug offenders. But this statistic is misleading; a true test of the success of the war on drugs would be if the number of drug users decreases and according to http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2011 for the course ENGL 107 taught by Professor Cynthiam.armes during the Fall '10 term at American InterContinental University.

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Unit 2 DB - Whos using and whos doing time: Incarceration,...

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