NACDL - Race and the War on Drugs

Race and the War on Drugs

"Nothing has contributed more to the systematic mass incarceration of people of color in the United States than the War on Drugs."

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow (2010)

Black people compromise 13 percent of the U.S. population and consistently documented to use drugs at similar rates to people of other races. However, Black people comprise 29 percent of those arrested for drug law violations and nearly 40 percent of those incarcerated in state or federal prison for drug law violations. (Drug Policy Alliance)

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