When Richard Nixon initiated the “war on drug” in 1971, nonviolent drug offenders counted for less than 10% of inmates of state & federal prisons. But they now constitute more than 25% of a much-larger prison population.
Despite the US government spending billions on expensive, flashy “toys” used by cops & the DEA, drug cartels are enriched to the point that they either enfeeble foreign governments or keep the streets awash in blood.
Who is winning this war other than sanctimonious talking-heads that believe it is a moral struggle or rent-seeking jailers & enforcers whose status & income depends on a policy that is so destructive … ?
Is this a war that really needs fighting … ?