stand point, “drug prohibition severely threatens our civil liberties and is inconsistent with the anti-slavery philosophy and the founding documents of the United States” (Cussen & Block, 200, p. 526). “The legalization of drugs would prevent our civil liberties from being threatened any further, it would reduce crime rates, reverse the potency effect, improve the quality of life in the inner cities, prevent the spread of disease, save the taxpayer money, and generally benefit both individuals and the community as a whole” (Cussen & Block, 2000, p.525). The War on
THE WAR ON DRUGS 3 Drugs needs to focus possibly more on the treatment and rehabilitation of drug abusers as opposed to sending them to prisons such as those in Arizona; the Tent City prison. The female inmate interviewed in the documentary The Politics of Addiction (1998) said it perfectly when asked if being in the Tent City would benefit her when she is released. “I don’t want to say this experience is gonna do me good because I’m miserable here. The only reason it’s gonna do me good is it’s brought me closer to my mother but, the only thing that is gonna do me good is getting into some counseling and into some drug treatment program” (1998). It appears as though more money can and should be allocated towards this area of treatment and rehabilitation. Even though there may be individuals that do not wish to receive treatment, mandating treatment at sentencing appears to be a better way to utilize the money that is currently being used to incarcerate these individuals. The budget for the 2009 National Drug Control was $14 billion and did not include prosecution or incarceration funds (Sweet, 2009).
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- Andrew Fox
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