Drug War Disparities--6.30-7.5

Drug War Disparities--6.30-7.5 - Drug War Disparities:...

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Drug War Disparities: Race, Gender, Class, and Geography Victimless Crime o Crimes without victims Some people argue that all crimes have victims. o Crimes against society o Vice crimes Love-hate relationship with an addiction or problem. Prostitution, gambling, alcoholism during prohibition, etc. Drug Law Violations and Law Enforcement o Lack of complaining witness Because usually they’re family or friends. Can’t report drug rip-offs, etc. o Proactive Policing Easily observable areas Offenders with fewer resources Low-income neighborhoods Bottom line is there is a tremendous amount of discretion. Race and the Drug war o Expanding the net of the criminal justice system New offenses = expansion More likely to sweep up poor, colored, women o Net has “selectively enveloped” young black men—how and why? Policing practices Policing low-income neighborhoods Sentencing policies Mandatory sentencing laws o We end up with a lot of people in jail who don’t have a lot to offer. Harsher penalties for rock vs. powder cocaine
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