Illegal Drugs: Condone or Incarcerate?

Illegal Drugs: Condone or Incarcerate?

by Richard Worth
     
 

The United States has conducted an official War on Drugs for thirty years; a war that it doesn't appear to be winning. Since it began in the 1970s, the percentage of the population imprisoned for drug-related sentences has shot up, as has the length of the sentences. In Illegal Drugs: Condone or Incarcerate? author Richard Worth takes a look at the controversy

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The United States has conducted an official War on Drugs for thirty years; a war that it doesn't appear to be winning. Since it began in the 1970s, the percentage of the population imprisoned for drug-related sentences has shot up, as has the length of the sentences. In Illegal Drugs: Condone or Incarcerate? author Richard Worth takes a look at the controversy surrounding the way we handle illegal drugs, and at the debate over whether legalization, treatment, harsher sentences, or some combination of all of these may be the solution

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
A brief introduction looks at the growth of drugs and the government's response to it as a problem that has been of most concern over the last twenty-five years. The subsequent eight chapters give a balanced portrayal of the issues surrounding illegal drugs, American's changing attitudes towards drugs over the years, the economic, personal and societal impact of drug use, efforts to control the drug trafficking, the pros and cons of prison for offenders, a discussion on legalizing certain drugs or drug users, drug treatment and the constitutional issues surrounding drug testing, and abuse. It is a well-researched discussion on an issue that affects all Americans, particularly young people. The book covers most all of the issues but is missing graphics on the costs in dollars to taxpayers for the government to deal with these issues at the national, state, and local levels. Students need to understand that this is money that could be used for more constructive things if the problem did not exist. Occasional color photos and period illustrations provide interest to readers. An extensive bibliography, sources for further information, and an index are included. One of six books in the "Controversy!" series, this title explores the growing use of illegal drugs and drug trafficking as well as possible solutions to the problem. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—These books delve impartially into complex issues, providing a wide array of information that includes historical background and current context of each issue. The reasonably attractive and meticulously documented titles are densely packed and at times read like a catalog of facts culled from numerous sources. Since the vocabulary and concepts are somewhat challenging, these are not for reluctant or casual readers, but debaters and essay writers might turn to them for background material or even mine their bibliographies for additional sources.—Marcia Kochel, Olson Middle School, Bloomington, MN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761442349
Publisher:
Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Controversy! Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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