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May 24, 2018

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Directing America`s Drug War: Which Way to a Safer Society
Last Featured: 5/20/2002

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It was Richard Nixon who first declared "war" on drug trafficking, ushering in America's largest coordinated law enforcement effort in its history. Since then, Americans have spent billions of dollars on drugs and billions more supporting government efforts to keep drugs out of our country and crack down on users and dealers. Opinion polls continually show Americans are conflicted. Most see the drug war as a failure but, at the same time, oppose legalization of these controlled substances. Public doubt about the prospects of success has even seeped into popular culture where award-winning movies like Traffic paint a dismal picture of the drug war's future. Are drugs a problem of public safety or public health? Join us as we debate the future direction of America’s drug war.

Gary Johnson is the first governor of New Mexico to be elected to two consecutive 4-year terms. Governor Johnson has used his bully pulpit to push for a reform of drug laws in his state and in the nation. He is a successful business man, an accomplished athlete and a graduate of the University of New Mexico.

Asa Hutchinson is the administrator of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA. A former federal prosecutor and state chairman of the Arkansas Republican party, Mr. Hutchinson represented the 3rd District of Arkansas in Congress from 1997 to 2001. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University and got his law degree at the University of Arkansas.

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"Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems."

— Reinholdt Niebuhr, theolgian

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The Office of the National Drug Control Policy
Drug Law Timeline
The Media Awareness Project
The Lindesmith Center
The Drug Reform Coordination Network
The Center for Uniform Drug Law
The November Coalition
Human Rights and the Drug War
The Effective Drug Control Strategy of 1999
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
FEAR (Forfeiture Endangers American Rights)
The Sentencing Project
Global Coalition for Alternatives to the Drug War
Cops against the Drug War
Drug War Prisoners
Drug War Addiction
by Sheriff Bill Masters
Drug War Politics : The Price of Denial
by Eva Bertram (Editor), Kenneth Sharpe (Contributor), Peter Andreas (Contributor)
The Phoenix Solution: Getting Serious About Winning America`s Drug War
by Vincent Bugliosi
The War on Drugs : Opposing Viewpoints
by Stephen P. Thompson (Editor)
The Right to a Jury Trial
Bail Bondsmen, Bounty Hunters and Private Prisons
Innovations in Policing