The Legalization Of Drugs And Its Effect On The United States

1632 Words Sep 29th, 2016 7 Pages
Drug courts emerged as a direct response from the government, after they introduced and escalated their campaign of the War on Drugs in the 1980s and 1990s. This era exposed bipartisan support of the enforcement of drug laws, and its effect on low level drug offenses and harsher criminal penalties for possession and/or sale of small amounts of substances. Due to this, millions of cases flooded the court system, charging people with minor drug law violations, drastically increasing the number of individuals in jails and prisons. Judges, in turn, tired of repeat offenders, try to apply therapeutic jurisprudence upon individuals in hope that their action world cease. The drug courts were not at all positively effective in the combat of the War on Drugs but identified and ostracized select groups of people destroying their lives. The legalization of drugs would positively affect the court’s docket by releasing millions of people who have minor offenses and shifting money towards actual rehabilitation and assistance for those prisoners struggling with drug issues. There have been numerous unintended consequences of outlawing drugs and demoting small populations of people who use them, ranging from being criminally labeled with those who commit serious crimes and harming ourselves economically for sending victims to jail for unnecessary sentences.
Drug courts were developed in the late 1980s, in response to the drastic increase of drug-related caseloads. Crime had been a national…

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