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NCJ Number: 136652 Find in a Library
Title: Critical Look at the National Drug Control Strategy
Journal: Yale Law and Policy Review  Volume:8  Issue:1  Dated:(1990)  Pages:75-116
Author(s): J H Skolnick
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 42
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the Bush Administration's drug control policy, "The War on Drugs," as proposed in 1989 and challenges its basic strategy which rests on the idea that each segment of the plan, that is, military intervention, interdiction, unprecedented enlargement of law enforcement, casual user sanctions, and treatment of addiction, will reinforce each other.
Abstract: Proposing an alternative strategy, the review offers some perspective on the issue of warring on drugs, examines the misguided premise of the nation's drug control strategy and the fundamental dilemmas and limitations of an "unprecedented" expansion of the criminal justice system and drug law enforcement, and defines the drug problem. Rather than a "criminal justice" challenge, the reclamation of neighborhoods is a social problem and public health challenge. A more promising national drug strategy would reflect a deeper understanding of the drug problem and its underlying causes, recognize and be responsive to the connection between social disadvantage and street selling, and use sanctions as a support to the social and economic initiatives rather than as the focal point of an anti-drug strategy. 130 footnotes
Main Term(s): Drug law offenses; Federal programs
Index Term(s): Crime control theory; Drug abuse causes; Drug law enforcement; Drug legalization
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