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Debate on the War on Drugs

Neubauer, David W. (2001) Debating crime: Rhetoric and reality. Belmont, CA:
Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

White, Jonathan R. (2004) Defending the homeland: Domestic intelligence, law enforcement, and security. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Read Issues 13, 14 and 17 (Parts VIII and X) in Debating Crime, and Ch. 1 and 2 in Defending the Homeland.

Review these Web sites: Federal Bureau of Prisons at http://www.bop.gov/
especially the About and News/Information pages.
*The Corrections Corporation of America Web site at http://www.correctioncorp.com/

? Debate: Should the U.S. end the War on Drugs? Continue the War on Drugs?

o Continue the War on Drugs:
? The War on Drugs keeps illegal drugs from damaging the social fabric of the
United States because...
? Drug addiction damages the lives of those who it affects because...
? Drug dealers are more likely to commit crime because...
? Punishing drug users and dealers is the only way to show them their involvement
with drugs is not acceptable because...
? Serious punishments for drug-related crime is an effective deterrent because...
? Current drug control strategies are effective because...
? Law enforcement expenses related to drug enforcement are justifiable
because...

o End the War on Drugs:
? The War on Drugs has been a failure because...
? Recreational drug users should not be considered criminals because...
? It is inaccurate to always associate drug abuse with crime because...
? Other social problems are the root cause of drug abuse because...
? Rehabilitation of drug offenders is better than punishment because...
? Current drug control strategies are ineffective because...
? Law enforcement expenses related to drug enforcement are unjustifiable
because...

Continue the War on Drugs and End the War on Drugs?
Each one needs to be at least 300-400 words using APA requirements.

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Dear Student,
Below are two varied viewpoints you can use for said essay. Good Luck!

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WAR ON DRUGS DEBATE VIEWPOINTS

Continuing the War in Drugs

The War on Drugs in a modern sense can be said to have started in 1880 when Britain & China came to an understanding re: the prohibition of Opium. This however did not stop Opium from flowing into America. 1911 saw the Declaration of the American Opium Commissioner that the US consumes most Opium per capita in Nations allowing its consumption all over the world. The effects of opium & various psychoactive substances (including alcohol) saw the enaction of the 1914 Harrison Narcotic Act. The 1930's till the 1960's saw the enaction of various laws against marijuana, opium & various other substances. Experience of the Prohibition on Alcohol in the 20's created a counter-culture & a criminal underworld that was only too happy to switch to peddling illegal substances, building various networks across the country. The 70's saw Vietnam War & the 'flower power' culture flourish with much of the then American Youth easily accessing illegal substances. Since then the criminal organizations have put together a network across the country that involves gangs in inner cities creating territorial rivalries between said subgroups according to influence & at times ethnicity necessitating the need for weapons, tactics & guns. Nixon's War on Drugs has become a semi-fold struggle to win in ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides a concise Pros & Cons look on the government's War on Drugs campaign. The solution looks at historical, political & social reasons on both sides of the debate to give the various perspective used by advocates & pundits, discussing the effectivity, necessity of the campaign or the opposite thereof.

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