The War on Drugs Essay

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There are some that would argue that the war on drugs was blind justice. Others would say that the war on drugs is a war against the minority males. Then again, others would say the war on drugs is a war against women. This last argument, is not as often discussed as it is prevalent in the statistics researchers discover in studies on the war on drugs. Some of what many would view as the positive outcomes of a necessary policy, others would recognize as a distraction from the disparities and the biases lying beneath the surface. The research on this taboo topic has been explored by many professionals in various human services fields. In the Uniform Crime Report data from 2009 and 2010, there were some significant changes in the …show more content…
When they do, they are shunned so much more and their ability to perform motherhood is questioned, as if they are then defective down to their natural instincts. This was explained in Jessica Van Denend's article where she explores Melanie Klein's “paranoid-schizoid position”. This position emphasizes that as a society, from birth we create a “good mother” and “bad mother” persona for women. The nature of the “good mother” is nurturing, so when they exhibit the “bad mother” qualities, they are dangerous and completely separate from the qualities of “good mother” (Van Denend, 2010). For these women who are marked as deviant and fall to the level of street crimes such as drugs, the government decreases their rights as individuals and focuses on the life of the fetus. Since the Johnson v. State case from 1991, the legislators have been looking to use the current statutes to penalize these unfit mothers (Hirschenbaum, 2000). Johnson v. State and other cases disregard the rehabilitative needs of the mothers that would hopefully train them to be fit mothers, and punishes them by removing them from their babies (Johnson v. State, 1992).
Jennifer Johnson was charged with delivering illegal drugs to a minor because she used cocaine right before childbirth and the cocaine was found in the newborn. The cocaine was apparently transferred through the umbilical cord within seconds after the birth (Johnson v. State, 1992). The major

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