Justice For None

How the Drug War Broke the Legal System
Author(s): The Washington Post
Original Publish Date: Dec 15, 2015
Product Number: EB00771277
Released: Oct 14, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781682303177
Publisher: Diversion Books
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When tough-on-crime laws passed 30 years ago during an era of drug-fueled violence, they were supported across the political spectrum. The subsequent “war on drugs” sent non-violent offenders to prison for decades and, in some cases, life. As a result, the nation's prison and jail population today is 2.3 million, more than quadruple the number that were incarcerated in 1980. One in 100 adults is behind bars in America. As many as 100 million American adults now have criminal records, and a disproportionate number of those are men of color. Washington Post reporters, in a series of revealing and wrenching stories throughout 2015, unlocked the prison gates and allowed readers to experience the human devastation wrought by sentencing policies now under scrutiny.