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Frank Mancari

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Restricted CORE Hall of Fame Paper

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[Excerpt] The War on Drugs is a campaign from the Federal Government which is aimed to stop the flow of illicit substances through the United States. This proposal was started by President Nixon in June 1971; what carried along with this proposal was a set of policies that laid harsh punishments for those involved with psychoactive drugs. While some say that the War on Drugs is an effective method of deterrence for illicit substances, many would also point out the fact that it often puts individuals in jail that didn’t belong in jail due to them being overly persecuted. The War on Drugs also comes with its laundry list of problems such as disparity in sentencing, increased racial tension, and an ineffective solution for substance abuse. When analyzed it becomes apparent that the War on Drugs has done more damage to communities than restoration.