America 's Criminal Justice System Essay

911 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Our nation is plagued with a disease and it must be contained before it spreads. The world is not safe with sick people, running loose, amongst our civilized society. We have to control this epidemic, we must build more cages.
This seems to be the mindset of America’s criminal justice system when it comes to people who struggle with drug addiction, but locking them away in cages doesn’t solve the problem, it only makes things worse. According to former Federal Prosecutor Paul Butler “Imprisoning young non-violent drug offenders with murderers and rapists was like sending them to finishing school for criminals. The drug war costs billions of dollars we cannot afford, and it’s just as easy to get drugs as it has always been.”
In 2014 more than 1.5 million people were arrested on drug related charges and of those numbers 83.1% were simply for possessing drugs and only 16.9 % were for manufacturing or distributing drugs United States).This tells us a lot of people are being locked up for the use of drugs when they could be receiving treatment instead. The numbers make it seem like the justice system is putting a huge dent in the drug trade and addiction problem but if we look at the numbers from 2001 to present an approximated 1.5 million people are arrested each year and almost 50% of the charges are marijuana related (United States). If this has been the case over a 10 year span clearly it is going to continue…

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