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The War on Drugs Revisited


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Before Ronald Reagan became President, the United States spent less than a billion dollars annually on the so-called drug war. Today we spend over $20 billion. How effective is the U.S. policy on drugs and what is the human cost of this war?

On this Special Prison Desk edition of Making Contact, we take a look at the impacts of the so-called war on drugs.


Ted Shaw, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.; Kurt Schmoke, Howard University School of Law; Daniel Abrahamson, Drug Policy Alliance; Malika Sadda Saar, Rebecca Project for Human Rights; Terrance Stevens, director of In Arms Reach: Parents Behind Bars, Children In Crisis; Sanho Tree, Drug Policy Project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

For more information :

Institute for Policy Studies, Drug Policy Project  –Washington, DC

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. –New York, NY

Howard University School of Law –Washington, DC

Drug Policy Alliance –Oakland, CA

Rebecca Project for Human Rights –Washington, DC

In Arms Reach: Parents Behind Bars Children In Crisis –New York, NY

Author: Radio Project

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