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Why our drug laws have failed and what we can do about it : a judicial indictment of the War on Drugs

Author: James P Gray
Publisher: Philadelphia [Pa.] : Temple University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Our drug prohibition policy is hopeless, just as Prohibition, our alcohol prohibition policy, was before it. After documenting the wide-ranging harms caused by this failed policy, this work evaluates  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James P Gray
ISBN: 1566398592 9781566398596 1566398606 9781566398602
OCLC Number: 45058560
Description: x, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Introduction --
pt. 2. Our drug laws have failed --
1. Past and present --
An historical perspective --
Emergence of the prison-industrial complex --
2. Increased harm to communities --
Communities awash in illicit drugs --
Violence and corruption --
Domestic --
Foreign --
3. Erosion of protections of the Bill of Rights --
4. Increased harm to drug users --
Demonization --
Deterioration of health --
5. Increased harm for the future --
Conspiracy theories --
Government policy : don't discuss it --
pt. 3. Options --
6. Increased zero tolerance --
7. Education --
8. Drug treatment --
Rehabilitation--
Medicalization--
Needle exchange programs --
Drug substitution programs --
Drug maintenance programs --
9. De-profitization of drugs --
Legalization --
Decriminalization --
Regulated distribution --
10. Federalism, not federalization --
pt. 4. What we can do about it.
Responsibility: James P. Gray.

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"As provocative and topical as the film Traffic, here's a scathing jeremiad against the war on drugs, notable both for the author's position and for the sustained anger of its argument." --Publishers Read more...

 
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