A New Strategy in the War on Drugs

The national "War on Drugs," which escalated in the 1980s with the creation of mandatory minimum prison sentences, notoriously drove criminal justice stats off the charts. According to the Sentencing Project, drug offenders in state prisons have increased thirteen-fold since 1980, and drug offenders currently account for half of the federal prison population. Not so surprisingly, these trends have disproportionately impacted African-Americans, who make up 56 percent of drug prisoners...


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