Informative Essay On The War On Drugs

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The War on Drugs The War on Drugs is a term coined by President Richard M. Nixon. Was it a real war, in the introduction the question was asked “But if the deployment of soldiers is a requirement to wage war who is the enemy in the War on drugs?” The answer to the question is yes. In the 1980’s the US deployed Soldiers to South America in support of Counter Drug operations. The war on drugs begins in the 1970, with the intent to stop civil unrest and to provide assistance to our Soldiers returning from Vietnam with drug addictions. In 1980 Ronald Regan is elected as the 40th President with little progress in the War on Drugs. This changes in October, 12th 1984, the administration signs the Comprehensive Crime Control Act (CCCA) of 1984. …show more content…
After a defendant was found guilty verdict, the arresting or investigating agency kept the evidence. Subsequently, if items belonged to an individual found not guilty the items would be returned. However, this changes with civil forfeiture language that is included in the CCCA, in civil forfeiture cases the standard is much lower, if an item is deemed suspect the item can be confiscated. The legal test is the preponderance of evidence, not beyond a reasonable doubt as in a criminal case. In civil forfeiture assets returned if the owner proves innocence, as opposed to criminal forfeiture assets returned if the court determines not guilty. The civil forfeiture laws were added to the CCCA to provide the government a means to discourage illegal activity by providing law enforcement and governmental agencies a means to confiscate personal property without pressing charges. Effectively circumventing the Constitution specifically the Fourth …show more content…
While the intent is to punish individuals that break the law by taking ill-gotten gains. The laws shortfall is that it does not clearly establish clearly the parameters for ill-gotten gains. Cash, nice cars, boats or large amounts of property, become eligible of civil forfeiture because individuals do not understand the law and governmental agencies are trained to use this to lack of understanding against individuals. Law enforcement confiscated large sums of money and property in 1986, the amount reported as civil forfeiture was roughly 93.7 million dollars. In 2008 the proceeds were over one billion dollars (Mellor 2011). Why such a large increase in twenty two years? The CCCA was put into place to discourage criminal behavior by the threat of losing property, therefore we should see a downward trend. Consequently, the answer lies in the application of the law. Law enforcement agencies uses the law to pay budgets and militarize the police force (Marian R. Williams

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