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NCJ Number: 157363 Find in a Library
Title: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? Drug Users and Drunk Drivers, Questions of Race and Class
Author(s): C Shine; M Mauer
Corporate Author: Sentencing Project
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: Sentencing Project
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Sentencing Project
1705 DeSales Street, NW
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report discusses the different responses by the criminal justice system to drunk drivers and drug offenders.
Abstract: The study found that both drunk drivers and drug offenders cause great harm to society through increased health care costs, violence, and deaths and injuries. However, drunk drivers, who are predominantly white males, and drug offenders, who are predominantly low-income blacks and Hispanics, receive dramatically different treatment in the criminal justice system; the former are generally treated as misdemeanants and punished with fines, license suspensions, and community service, while the latter are charged as felons and incarcerated if convicted. National antidrug policies have resulted in increasingly large numbers of blacks and Hispanics being arrested, convicted, and imprisoned. The paper includes recommendations to eliminate the current racial bias evident in public policy toward substance abuse. 8 tables, 1 figure, 70 notes, and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Drug offenders
Index Term(s): Criminal justice system policy; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Racial discrimination
Note: DCC
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