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Substance Abuse, Drug Law, and incarceration

I have begun researching a paper on substance abuse and the success of incarceration based on drug laws and could use some help. I also need to follow the introduction with 1-2 page summary indicating the research method which I intend to use for my study. The study may be qualitative, quantitative, or a mixed- method approach (triangulation). I also have to explain why I believe my selected methods are best suited to to answer the research questions.

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The substance abuse issue in the context of criminal justice can only be ascertained in my opinion by viewing the detrimental impact the drug laws over the last 3 decades have had on the criminal justice system. These draconian laws have resulted in the never-before-seen numbers of incarceration in the history of mankind. Currently a country that only represents 5% of the world's population, the United States, is responsible for 25% of the world's incarcerated people. This has occurred because of substance abuse and drug laws that attempt to address this abuse in disastrous ways. If not for the backward drug laws set forth by the Nixon administration and beginning with the Rockefeller drug laws of the late 70s and early 80s the substance abuse problem could have been handled in the context of what most users are addicts instead of criminals.

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This solution provides student's with a overview of the quantitative and qualitative approach taken by a researcher whom's book America's failed war on drugs. By: Jermstad, Todd. Federal Probation. Jun99, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p85 is analyzed. The solution gives students an expert rendition of how the drug laws in America have been detrimental towards solving the substance abuse problem in the country.

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