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How the War on Drugs is a problem, not a solution

Since President Richard Nixon first declared a nationwide War on Drugs in June 1971, law enforcement and the U.S. government have operated under the idea that the best drug policy was to jail anyone using or selling drugs. Debate continues to rage about how effective this has been over the last 40 years.

Isn't it time to repeal the War on Drugs? (Credit: William Reed)

Isn’t it time to repeal the War on Drugs? (Credit: William Reed)

Many believe that the War on Drugs has created more problems than it has solved, such as treating addicts like criminals instead of treating drug addiction as a medical condition. There are also the class issues involved with how drug abuse is punished, prison overcrowding, increasing violence and death connected to drug cartels, and finally a growing movement for legalization of drugs. Read more

Orange Is the New Black: The real American prison

The new season of the women’s prison drama Orange Is the New Black was recently released from Netflix. The show is based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman who spent fifteen months in federal prison on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.

Taylor Schilling plays Piper in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, which is based on Piper Kerman's memoir of her year in prison. (Credit: Jessica Miglio/Netflix)

Taylor Schilling plays Piper in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, which is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of her year in prison. (Credit: Jessica Miglio/Netflix)

The memoir brings to light the fate of the many women in prison due to overzealous sentencing during the War on Drugs. Good research paper topics for your political science course could be the U.S. prison system and women in prison. Read more