Eugene Jarecki On Small Victories In The Drug War And What it Will Take to End It

Eugene Jarecki, director of Freakonomics and now The House I Live In a must-see documentary about the origins and impact of the war on drugs shares his thoughts about the drug war and how to end it in this terrific interview with ChangeLab friend, The Nation and GritTV’s Laura Flanders talks here about the drug war and what it will take to end it.

Jarecki challenges us to personalize drug enforcement. I found myself asking the question, if I found a joint on an 18 year old in my life, would I call the police, have them arrested and thrown into prison? Obviously not. Yet this is what we are doing daily to young people who are randomly stopped and frisked by police. When small amounts of drugs like marijuana are found on them, they are often arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated. For the rest of their lives, they must live with the memories and stigma of prison, and a criminal record that will label them as second class citizens, and all for something many of us consider a mere youthful phase.

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One Response to Eugene Jarecki On Small Victories In The Drug War And What it Will Take to End It

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  1. Glenn Robinson December 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    I’ve also heard an ex-cop who said the war on drugs is like squeezing a balloon. When you attack one location of drug dealers the drugs move to another location.

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