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Drug Policy and the War on Drugs

In this assignment, you will have the opportunity to critically reflect on current issues within the criminal justice system and how they relate to contemporary policy making.

Select and complete one of the following assignments:

Option 1: Microsoft® PowerPoint® Presentation
Option 2: Podcast
Option 3: Paper

In this assignment option, you will express your thoughts and opinions regarding the content of your selected video by preparing a short PowerPoint presentation/Podcast/Paper

Choose one of the three Films on Demand videos located in this week's Electronic Reserve Readings: Policy Issues.

Address the following:

- Was the content of your video a personal crime, property crime, or policy issue?
- What causal factors were addressed in the video?
- What policy implications or recommendations were provided in the video to address the crime?
- Were budgetary or financial issues discussed in the video? If so, elaborate.
- What future implications were discussed in the video?
- What other content-specific information is relevant to your selected video?
- What basic elements of the crime served as the basis for your selected video?
- What criminological theory or theories best explains the occurrence of this crime or issue?

Perform external research as necessary to support the content of your video subject matter.
List major points in the slides. Include detailed explanations in the speaker notes section that correlate to each point.
Include videos, audio, photos, diagrams, or graphs as appropriate.
Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.
Submit the Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation assignment.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines and submit both portions to your facilitator.

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The most pressing policy issue currently facing the criminal justice system is "the war on drugs". This war has been a detrimental factor on the criminal justice system for the last 4 decades and has served as a enhancement of the penal system within America. The criminal justice system is supposed to be based upon fair and equal justice but the "war on drugs" has shown the most biased and unequal policies within the criminal justice system. Poor and minority defendants are subjective to far higher rates of arrest, conviction, and incarceration for nonviolent drug offenses than any other group.

In addition to the human toll that has been taken on entire cities and communities because of the current policy regarding the war on drugs, the penal system has become an overloaded and overwhelmed system as a result of the influx of nonviolent drug offenders that have inundated the system. The use of drug laws to incarcerate nonviolent offenders began with the laws passed in the 1980s in New York and were jettisoned nationally with Nixon's declaration of ...

Solution Summary

The drug policy and the War on Drugs is examined. The causal factors addressed in the video are determined.