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Drug Policy: A Challenge of Values (2004)

Drug Policy: A Challenge of Values (2004)

  1. Jatelka
    Argues that the "War on Drugs" is based on values which are retributative, illogical and ineffective and which burden the criminal justice system unnececessarily

    Sterling,

    This paper argues that the war on drugs is based on retributive values that are illogical, burden the criminal justice system, and are ineffective in reducing drug-related harm. It examines the relation between
    political agendas and anti-drug legislation. It demonstrates that anti-drug policy has resulted in dramatically inceased punishment and incarceration since 1970, after four decades at a level rate, especially for blacks. This paper contends that segregation was a form of nonjudicial punishment for blacks until 1970, and concludes tht the war on drugs has become a punishment substitute for segregation. It argues that drug prohibition must be
    replaced by regulation and that devising such a system involves a complex balance of competing values.