Drug Warrior Says Stop The Drug War

Jack A. Cole, executive director of the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, says in an op-ed piece in today’s Globe, “I was a frontline soldier in this self-perpetuating, ineffectual effort that has swallowed more than a trillion tax dollars and currently yields nearly two million arrests every year for nonviolent offenses.”

Later he notes…

There are more black men in US prisons today than there were slaves in 1840, and they are being used for the same purpose; working for private corporations at 16 to 20 cents an hour. Half the states have private, for-profit prisons whose lobbyists are demanding longer mandatory-minimum prison sentences. Indeed, American blacks are incarcerated at nearly eight times the level of South African blacks during the height of apartheid.

It’s a good piece. Give it a read.

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5 Responses

  1. I work in an addictions rehab center. All of the guys in the center are recovering addicts. Most of the black guys have drug-related criminal records. Very few of the white guys have any criminal records. Is the American justice racist? You betcha.

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  2. *sigh* the American justice system. Must go refill my tea cup.

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  3. Absolutely true.

    Thanks for the link.

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  4. Between the prison system and the fact that the immigration issue that the conservatives moan so much about is perpetuated by their greed in enticing low-wage workers into the country, I think we can see where many of our economic problems come from.

    Good to see you back. I was vaguely aware that you were going through something like I was (yours might have kicked in a few days earlier… probably even caused mine with one of your “doom” and gloom comments). Welcome back to both of us.

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  5. Moi? Doom and gloom? But I’m just a sweet, Pollyanna sort of guy.

    Say, does anyone have Pollyanna’s phone number…?

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