The War on Drugs: Part One
Violence and Criminal Justice
Learn Liberty On Demand offers you a series of videos on new and exciting topics in the world of policy and ideas that you can watch any time, anywhere, on your schedule. Have you ever considered that maybe the worst part about drugs is the war against them and on those who use them? If so, this is the place for you.
We spend $41.3 billion every year on the War on Drugs, and millions of nonviolent criminals are under correctional supervision in the United States for simple possession of a drug.
Can you imagine which country would imprison more of its citizens than China or Russia? If you’re an American, you’re living in it. In fact, more people are in prisons in the United States than in all other developed countries combined. In this program, we’ll show you how the criminal justice system is becoming an enemy of the people. The U.S. prison population began to grow dramatically in the 1970s, and this alarming increase shows that much of the growth in the last 40 years has been driven by the War on Drugs.
If you like these videos, you should also check out our Drug War Stories videos with Alex Kreit!