The Drug War and Mass Incarceration By the Numbers

Despite an increased emphasis on treatment and prevention programs in recent years, the Obama administration in its 2013 budget still requested $25.6 billion in federal spending on the drug war. Of that, $15 billion would go to law enforcement, interdiction and international efforts.

The pro-reform Drug Policy Alliance estimates that when you combine state and local spending on everything from drug-related arrests to prison, the total cost adds up to at least $51 billion per year. Over four decades, the group says, American taxpayers have dished out $1 trillion on the drug war.

What all that money has helped produce — aside from unchanged drug addiction rates — is the world’s highest incarceration rate. According to the Sentencing Project, 2.2 million Americans are in prison or jail.



– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.

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6 Comments

  1. gstlab3 on

    Robert DuPont is a criminal and communist agent spreading lies and his big pharma drugs and his drug testing propaganda and scare machine.

    I too am scared of America and consider myself a political dissident and a prisoner in my own country.

    Tyrany is real as is the world wide communist movement.,

    The new world order.,”

    Freedom has allways been a threat to the powers that be so is the freedom of all knowledge.,

    THEY DID’NT JUST LIE AND HIDE STUFF ABOUT MARIJUANA AND YEAH THE COVERED UP AND ORDERED THE KILLING OF MLK AND JFK AND CREATED THE BIG LIE 9/11

    THESE SAME PEOPLE MADE MONEY AND GAINED POWER IN BOTH WORLD WARS.,

    THINK THEY DID’NT KNOW PEARL HARBOR WAS GOING TO BE ATTACKED??

    SAME PEOPLE AGAIN.

    GROW YOUR OWN, FREE YOUR MIND, FREE THE PLANET!!!!!!!

  2. gutrod on

    By continuing to carry out the policies of Dicky Nixon is somewhat mind boggling at least to intelligent onlookers. Conservative Americans are the epitome of stubborn good old boyz, many NRA members. It is win at all cost, as they preach human rights to the rest of the world. American government drug policy is the greatest human rights abuser of all. American soldiers die in the name of freedom only to come to the realization that it is not for all, especially colored people. Black should be a word that is condemned.

  3. Anonymouswilliam vaughn on

    Of course jail for weed in 2013, Those monster corporations that depend on being protected from compitition from cannabis are still out there bigger than ever!! And the cowardly asshole cops and prison guards love to be able to stand tall with somthing nice and safe and easy!!!

  4. Anonymouswilliam vaughn on

    Of course jail for weed in 2013, Those monster corporations that depend on being protected from compitition from cannabis are still out there bigger than ever!! And the cowardly asshole cops and prison guards love to be able to stand tall with somthing nice and safe and easy!!!

  5. Anonymous on

    America scares me…..they ‘say’ they oppose almost all of the fascist behaviors that they, as a country, are quite capable of engaging in? Jail for a plant? Really? Really, in 2013???