The Effects Of Drug Related Crimes On The Criminal Justice System

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In the United States, drug-related crimes are an epidemic on the population, with serious repercussions to the communities they affect most. With 1 person out of every 100 being in jail or prison, 80% of inmates abuse drugs with up to 80% of those inmates who abuse drugs committing a new drug-related crime when they are released into the community. (NADCP, 2014)
According to the Uniform Crime Reports, drug-related arrests have increased greatly from 580,900 in 1982 to approx. 1.8 million in 2007, with more than four-fifths of those arrests being for possession. Over the years, blacks have been found to be more than three times as likely to be arrested than whites for drug crimes in the U.S. and have been seen to be given longer sentences for those crimes. There are multiple causes leading to this imbalance in criminal justice, ranging from criminal justice policy making to socioeconomic disparities, but in recent years there have been efforts to create positive change in the criminal justice system. (FBI, 2013) During adolescence there is a significant increase in risk-taking behavior, including experimenting with alcohol and drugs, which can lead to drug dependence. This has shown to lead to a pattern of drug abuse and crime which has created the foundation for a “revolving door” circumstance for many individuals, setting them in a pattern of drugs, crime, arrest, incarceration, reentry, repeat. (Connor, 2010)
The circumstance is created by more than early experimentation…

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