The War On Drugs In Prisons
Since then, other Presidents have continued fighting against drug use in America by having law enforcement lock up any and all people caught possessing, distributing, growing, or selling any illegal drugs (Breaking the Taboo). The War on Drugs has led to the large number of drug offenders in prison. Currently, half of the federal prison population is incarcerated for drug-related crimes (Galston and McElvein).
It is important to note the nature of crimes committed, especially involving drugs, because of another large flaw in the American prison system: minimum mandatory sentencing. Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) describes mandatory minimum sentencing as “laws that require the judge to give the offender a mandatory minimum prison term.” While some of these sentences seem reasonable, such as a life sentence for first degree murder, the minimums related to drugs are not so logical. The first nonviolent offense of “manufacturing, distributing, or possessing with intent to distribute” has a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, followed by 20 years for the second nonviolent offense, and finally a life sentence for the third nonviolent offense. These sentences apply to multiple drugs, including, one kilogram of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine, one thousand grams of marijuana, ten grams of LSD, and fifty grams of pure meth. The mandatory minimum …show more content…
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