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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 : Temple University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Veteran trial judge and former federal prosecutor Judge James P. Gray believes drug prohibition remains one of our country's biggest failed policies. In this updated edition of his bestseller, Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What Can We Do About It, Judge Gray provides startling information about drug-related crimes--from escalating incarceration rates to drug-related kidnappings. Judge Gray also examines the  Read more...
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Gray, James P., 1945-
Why our drug laws have failed and what we can do about it.
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2012
(DLC) 2011019634
(OCoLC)723142855
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James P Gray
ISBN: 9781439908006 1439908001
OCLC Number: 768572214
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 284 pages) : illustrations
Contents: pt. I. Introduction --
pt. II. Our drug laws have failed --
1. Past and present --
A 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: where's Paul Revere? --
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. III. Options --
6. Increased zero tolerance --
7. Education --
8. Drug treatment --
Rehabilitation --
Medicalization --
Needle-exchange programs --
Drug-substitution programs --
Drug maintenance programs --
9. Deprofitization of drugs --
Legalization --
Decriminalization --
Regulated distribution --
10. Federalism, not federalization --
pt. IV. What we can do about it --
Appendix A. Resolution --
Appendix B. Government Commission reports and other public inquiries.
Responsibility: James P. Gray.

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"Veteran trial judge and former federal prosecutor Judge James P. Gray believes drug prohibition remains one of our country's biggest failed policies. In this updated edition of his bestseller, Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What Can We Do About It, Judge Gray provides startling information about drug-related crimes--from escalating incarceration rates to drug-related kidnappings. Judge Gray also examines the latest experiments in drug legalization. The thirteen states that have adopted medical marijuana have seen a reduction of crime and an increase in revenue. Judge Gray explains how and why we need to take the profit out of the drug trade. There are viable options at work in other countries--Portugal saw a drop of 50 percent in drug usage for problem users after decriminalization, as well as a drop in children's drug use! This incendiary book will anger readers, but it also provides hope. We can solve some of our medical and social problems--by repealing our failed drug laws."--Publisher's website.

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