Drug Crime and Sentencing in the Usa

Topics: Prison, Criminal justice, Crime Pages: 3 (854 words) Published: February 12, 2013


Today, the American justice system is bursting at the seams. As the hiatus between “the haves” and “the have-nots” is expanding, convictions (and sentencing) are increasing. In this mini-essay, we will try to analyze what can be done so that incarceration rates comes back to manageable standards. As the number of incarcerated Americans rise, costs are also rising, which are non-productive. The magnitude of the problem can be gauged by the fact that “the US has only 5% of the world population but 25% of the world’s prisoners” (Criminal Justice Fact Sheet of NAACP). .We will first suggest that young people who are in for substance and drug abuse should be considered for lighter sentences. The tough laws which exist in some states like three strikes and you are out can be made lighter. This is in view of the fact that with the original tough laws, any easing up of the present conditions has not been seen. Further marijuana, although federally banned, the states of Washington and Colorado have legalized being in possession of 1 oz. of marijuana for private consumption. SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN PRISONS

Young adults once booked and imprisoned, are more or less forced by other inmates to participate in homosexual ménage-a-trois. This results in the prisoner developing radical mindsets against the society. With rampant AIDS, a six -month stay in prison, can very well result in the prisoner contacting AIDS and can prove fatal to many a prisoner who has been imprisoned under drug usage charges. SPECIAL COURTS

One way by which the federal Government is looking after this problem is by putting up special courts called drug courts. Drug Courts started in 1989 and until date, we have been hearing of their efficiency. Drug courts are of limited jurisdiction and it is precisely this factor that makes it effective. In drug courts, the impetus is not ion the...

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