The War on Drugs, despite being a social, cultural, and economic disaster, is approaching its 30th year of misguided assault. The War on Drugs may finally be coming to an end, however, if today’s announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder is any prediction of the US Government’s plans regarding the future of the War on Drugs. Holder is expected to announce today a new Justice Policy decision that will bring an end to prison sentences for non-violent drug users. Instead, only large-scale drug organizers will face severe mandatory sentences.
In a leaked excerpt from Holder’s speech, it says, “A vicious cycle of poverty, criminality and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.” Later in the speech, Holder says, “However, many aspects of our criminal justice system may actually exacerbate this problem rather than alleviate it.”
The speech condemns the US Government’s current War on Drugs policy that vilifies drug users and imprisons them for their addictions. Holder wants a new policy that will punish those that sell the drugs - not just the ones who use them.
Holder will argue today that this change in justice policy will save the country billions of dollars and provide relief to the over-crowding problems facing most prisons. Since the War on Drugs began in the 1980s, prison population has popped by 800 percent. The major reason for that boost involves drug-related arrests.
Billions of dollars and millions of US Citizens are affected by the War on Drugs each year. The system is broken, and there are real-life expenses to show for it.
Hopefully, Eric Holder’s speech will have a positive effect on the US Government, and will be the first major step in bringing an end to the disaster that has been the War on Drugs.