Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Reasons for opposing mass incarceration and the drug war

The July issue of the libertarian magazine Reason features several stories on mass incarceration and the criminal justice system that may interest Grits readers:


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Anonymous said...

There are plenty of reasons for a reasonable thinking individual to oppose the 'war on drugs' but the simple fact is to many people profit from it to make wholesale change and I'm not talking about the drug producers, dealers and other middlemen.

The state (federal, state and local) gains money, power, and control over the people.

The enforcement agencies gain employees, money, enforcement tools, power and control.

The courts and legal system on a whole make money by prosecution and defense in an ever expanding system.

The prison system from the beginning of incarceration until the persons make their way back to society through the probation system make money.

AmeriKa has more people in jail for drug laws than any other country. As a reasonable person I believe a smarter approach would be controlled legalization, education and treatment but as a reasonable person I know that won't happen without a significant 'problem' such as we are now seeing with the economy that is causing funding problems because the tax payer is becoming tapped out.

In closing I would like to say that as Grits is a legal information blog all of you that are part of the war should take a deep look in the mirror and consider what you can do to fix the problem instead of profit from it.

Anonymous said...

I heard of a book that has the solution to the war on drugs. It's called Mein Kampe,I'm told it has some very creative ways to solve societies problems. Best of all Bubba would like it. I know I digress. Just follow the money and you'll see why the drug war needs to end.

Anonymous said...

The drug war is an egregious, bloody, destructive injustice that has been allowed to drag on far too long.

Enough is enough.

It's time to change policies to something more sensible, reasonable, and rational before it gets any worse... and as impossible as that seems... I fear it can get worse.