On 50th Anniversary Of Richard Nixon’s Racist “War On Drugs” The Time Has Come to Address Black America’s Mass Incarceration

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(Photos: YouTube)NEW YORK — Ahead of the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s declaration of the “war on drugs,” the American Civil Liberties Union and the Drug Policy Alliance released a Bully Pulpit Interactive poll showing strong support for eliminating criminal penalties for drug possession and replacing it with a new approach centered in public health.June 17 marks 50 years since President Nixon famously declared drugs “public enemy number one.” This proclamation waged a full-out offensive that has pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into law enforcement, leading to the over-surveillance and incarceration of millions of people, disproportionately Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people. The new poll shows the vast majority of American voters believe the policy has been a failure that has only increased drug-related harms and contributed to overcrowding the nation’s jails and prisons. Among the poll’s findings:65 percent of voters support ending the “war on drugs”; 66 percent of voters support “eliminating criminal penalties for drug possession and reinvesting drug enforcement resources into treatment and addiction services”; Nearly two-thirds of the country believe we need a new approach based in public health, not law enforcement. 63 percent say drug use should be addressed as a public health issue...

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