Racial Differences in the War on Drugs

Drug Law Enforcement

The War on Drugs has become the de facto description and attitude of American policy towards illicit drug use. First stated by Richard Nixon in the 1970's, the actions of American law enforcement agencies have targeted black Americans disproportionatly in comparison to white Americans. This website shows data that illustrates the nature of drug use and how they compare, and then the discrepancy between usage and between individuals who are arrested.
Uniform Crime Reports
Since the inception of the War on Drugs in the 1970s, the number of drug related arrests has increased significantly. From 322,000 in 1970, it has increased 417% to 1,663,582 in 2009. The corrections population in the United States has also grown significantly with this increase.