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Mass Imprisonment, Crime Rates, and the Drug War: A Penological and Humanitarian Disgrace, 9 Conn. Pub. Interest L.J. 17 (2010)


... For if those we have locked up have no more than an average propensity within their demographic groups to commit crimes, imprisoning more than two million Americans should have sharply reduced crime rates and the numbers of new prisoners. ... Although the number of users of illicit drugs has been on the decline for about three decades, arrests for drug offenses have never been higher. ... The criminogenics of drug prohibition: indirect effects on mass imprisonment The fact that drug crimes account for one-third of our prison population is only part of the story, for, like alcohol prohibition, drug prohibition is criminogenic in myriad ways. ... Some police even engage in drug dealing themselves, stealing drugs from drug dealers and redistributing them. ... Prohibition was repealed for the same reasons drug prohibition has failed, including but not limited to crime, corruption, disrespect for law, death and disease from defective or poisoned products, and waste of taxpayer money. ... Among other benefits of decriminalizing marijuana would be the strengthening of official admonitions against and prohibitions of the recreational use of more harmful drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

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