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War on Drugs, Crime and the Criminal Justice Network

DESCRIBE AND DISCUSS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE WAR ON DRUGS AND CRIME AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE NETWORK.

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1. DESCRIBE AND DISCUSS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE WAR ON DRUGS AND CRIME AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE NETWORK.

The increase in drug related crimes resulted in a mindset that drugs were indeed the major issue if we were to combat crime; thus, Congress declared a war on drugs, with the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. The best arguments in favor of tough drug control is that where drugs are found, there is poverty, disease, wasted human potential, fragmented families, and support for an underground economy that is linked to the overthrow of democratic governments in the Western hemisphere. Over and above those arguments is the legalistic perspective that drug use threatens lawful authority and the social fabric.

The criminal justice system (CJS) network responded to these 'war on drugs' initiatives through the police officers focusing more on drug related crimes (e.g., both users and traffickers, and other drug-related crimes) and the judges in the CJS network responded in a way that saw a dramatic increase in drug-related offenders being given prison sentences and for longer periods of time. http://faculty.ncwc.edu/TOConnor/111/111lect15.htm There are many statistics to support this. For example, UCR figures indicate:

· Some 900,000 adults (other sources put the number at 1.2 million) are arrested every year for drug law violations, with the largest proportions of those ...

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