Law Enforcement Study: War On Drugs Is A Failure

WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Some of the people who made careers out of arresting and locking up drug offenders are calling on the president to stop doing it.

Alex DeMetrick reports they say their study shows the war on drugs is a failure, and it should end.

Forty year ago this week, prisons began filling up.

“We have five percent of the world’s population in the U.S., and yet we have 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. By far, most of those people are in prison for drug violations,” said Neill Franklin, retired Maryland State Police Major.

The people whose job was to send them there — former cops, prosecutors and prison wardens — released a study condemning that work.

“We’ve done an analysis of those 40 years and it is clear from the evidence the war on drugs has not just failed, but it’s been a complete disaster,” said Franklin.

According to the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition study, there are two million drug arrests each year, yet their own busts scarcely touch the drugs and money changing hands on the street.

“We’ve never had a quote ‘War on Drugs.’ At the very most, we’ve had a minor police action,” said Mike Gimbel, St. Joseph Medical Center.   

Gimbel has spent three decades trying to move drug users out of the legal system and into medical care.

“Increase money to the front side, which is education and prevention and treatment, and not as much on law enforcement,” he said.

Former law enforcement officers backing the study agree.

“Putting people in jail is not the answer, and it’s been a financial drain on our country — over the past four decades, over $1.3 trillion spent.  Drug use and abuse is bad, but we need to treat it from a medical perspective,” said Franklin.

While treatment might save police and prison costs, money for that treatment remains elusive.

“I haven’t met a politician yet that has the courage or insight to say we need more treatment.  And it they have, they’ve never lived up to it,” said Gimbel.

The former law enforcement officers hand-delivered their report to the Obama administration, and called upon the president to end the prohibition against drugs.

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  1. LUCKY LOU says:

    NOT TRURE AMERICAN KEWSICK $250.00 FOUR MONTHS TURNS FOLKS AROUND IF YOU KNOW ANYONE ON DRUGS OR ANY ADDICTION LOOW UP AMERICA’S KEWSICK NEW JERSEY, YOU CAN’T FAIL

    1. tate says:

      Are YOU on drugs? You can’t even spell.

    2. Karen L. Wilson-Maye says:

      It must be failing when a tenant just above you manufactures junk and you report it to maintenance and law enforcement and nothing is done. Why should the drug dealer care … they have the law on their side!!

  2. CAN YOU IMAGINE says:

    THE REPORT SAYS WAR ON DRUGS ARE A FAILURE, WHAT ABOUT THE WAR ON MURDER, CRIME, PROSTIUTION, …THEBORDERS ARE DOWN GEE, DUH U THINK THAT MAY BE PART OF IT. THE KIDS CONTROL THE SCHOOLS, THE TEACHERS GET RAISES WE HIRE FORGEIN TEACHERS, POLICE CAN’T OR WILL NOT DO THERE JOB, BUT EVERY DAY FOLKS DIE OF SENSE LESS MURDERS

    1. tate says:

      Stop posting.

    2. Corporal N. USMC says:

      OohRah! I’ll be right there next to you!

  3. usmc recuriter Towson Maryland ssg tBoyd says:

    IF MARYLANDS FINEST CAN’T DO ANOTHER JOB THE MARINE CORP IS FOR HIRE

    1. lynda says:

      love that idea! Send in the Marines!!! they will get it done.

    2. lawyered says:

      haha in about 5 days too!

  4. jean says:

    the legal system is now admitting that the law enforcement task team and their officers has been paid off by the drug lords all the time ! how else could the all of the ex-port and in-porting of drugs safely arrived and disturbed with in the united states that is now out of control and a Hugh failure. the government is the drug lord !

  5. JOHNNY NEW THAT says:

    GET OUT MIKULSKI GET OUT BEN CARDIN NO MORE 3 AND 4 TERM SENATORS

  6. Pikesville precinct says:

    why is this maryland state police major speaking now that he is retired ,,,, yeah i trst this cat

  7. LOOK AT IT THIS WAY says:

    so all this new camera techenolgy and undercover narcs ain’t working ….at least the construction workers are,,,,,,prsion guards aren’t doing bad either

    1. wampum says:

      yeah ask any prison guard…. over crowded cells, fear of being maimed or killed… 150 prisoners to 1 guard, yeah one underpaid guard… let the pot smokers go and the guards will be safer simce it’s easier to control the fewer real threats to society after you thin down the population of non threatning inmates.

  8. Jeff says:

    Take off the caps lock. Geez people. The war on drugs won’t end as long as people are making money off of it. Just like war provides lots of money to private corporations who are supplying and performing jobs, well so does the war on drugs. If the government really wants to do something about drugs, then they need to start looking into all these legal drugs that kill thousands each year and cost billions to the American Citizens. You can’t go to the doctor anymore without them giving you samples packets of medications the drug reps gave them to give out for free and eventually sell in the form of a prescription. Nothings worth anything in this country unless it can make a profit and that includes your health.

  9. my pal jeff says:

    Jeff there are legal drugs and drugs against the law, this particular story is the war against illegal drugs geez all the cvs’s and rite aids are fine jeff

  10. PARKVILLE PRECINCT says:

    BALTIMORE CITY POLICE AIN’T GOT A CLUE AND NEVER WILL

  11. lucey says:

    Some thing is about to happen here in the united states any time the general public get this report that the war on drugs program is failed. Some thing about that picture is just not right .

    So. people get ready to see blood run down the streets here in America just like you now witness what has happen in Mexico.

    This time it will be control by The Marshall Law Enforcement Task Force under the orders of FEMA and the Jails system will be the Prison Concentration Champs. It look like the Government is getting ready to enforce The One World Order is known as The Coastal Sediment Processes….. ( Biblical Prophecy.- Matthew 24:9-10, 12…” The Abomination Of Desolation ….verses…15-28 and Revelation 13: 13-14, 7, 10, 16, 17*, 18 )

    Now I fear for the drug dealers and drug users, I would not be shock if they would soon disappear off the streets and be place into the ” FEMA Champs and never be seen nor heard from again !!!!!!

  12. CAPS LOCK RULES! says:

    CAPS LOCK MAKES ME RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. moleman says:

    As long as there is a profit, there will be drugs selling. Just like Prohibition.

  14. Waste of time, waste of money says:

    The “war on drugs” strarted out as a war on non-white races! Look at the history of it: At tge end of the 19th Century, Opium was widely used by Chinese in America in cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. This was ok until it was feared that white women were going into Opioum dens to get high and suspicion was that Chinease men were seducing and having sex with these white women and selling them into “white slavery.” Therefore, smoking opium had to be made illegal. Same thing for marijuana. Smoking this popular drug was seen as a menace to society when it was observed that blacks loved it and were made to seem publicly happy and not acting threatened to whites to the point that black men high on marijuana openly flirted with white women and were even seen to get them seduced into smoking it in black “Juke Joints” (bars) with once again, the de-flowering of white women being the biggest fear of racist whites–especially males. Therefore, marijuana was outlawed in the 1939’s. In the 1960’s it was class warfare brought on by the rich white establishment that feared drugs were causing Americans (white hippies) to turn agaist their country and promote Communism and Civil Rights. Do your history, everyone, this wasteful so-called “War on Drugs” is just war on the people. Fueled by racism and classism.

    1. wampum says:

      you my friend could not be MORE correct, cheers to the gods honest truth. check out the website L.E.A.P Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

  15. metalpunk says:

    Duh. Anyone with half a brain knows that prohibition doesn’t work and only fuels violence and profits. The Reagan/Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama crime family has a vested interest in keeping drugs illegal. Not only do their donors make billions off of the incarceration industry (US = highest incarceration rate of any developed country), our government stooges makes millions dealing the drugs themselves. Don’t believe it? Google “Clinton Mena Arkansas”. Go to the George Washington University’s National Security Archives to read, in Ollie North’s own handwriting in his own diary, how he facilitated CIA crack runs from Latin America to fund their illegal war. Our rulers are theives murderers and dope dealers. The War on Drugs suits them just fine. Where was the outrage of these cops and prosecutors when they were profiting from the system? They should all be tried and executed for treason.

    1. metalpunk says:

      FUnny how Afghani poppy production has increased between 30 & 60% per year since we invaded in 2001. Another one of those coincidental coincidences I guess.

  16. lynda says:

    So what does this article suggest? Give up on fighting drugs?
    Well, a fight worth winning is this fight against drugs. Unfortunately, the peaceniks and free love druggies from the 60’s are now in charge and they want to give up? Let people become dependent and you certainly will have power over them. Fools fall for this by starting drugs in the first place.
    My nephew died from a heroin overdose. I think the drug war is worth fight for. Up until he died his entire existence was about how to score drugs for that day, moment – hour. It is worth teaching kids or adult to not use drugs but for some reason people seem to think they can get high and not pay a price. His own mother & father didn’t see the damage he was doing to himself since both had been a drug users. Saving people is worth it. BUT, it is hard work. 24/7 work that must be done.
    Drugs bring out the criminal in people. Drugs bring out violence in people even against their own mothers. Drugs are bad all the way around. Do we give up on fighting against that??? NO! Hell No. Don’t give up on anything worth fighting for or against!

  17. Joana F. Joasil says:

    it took 40 years of “research” to realize the so-called “War on Drugs” campaign was a failure????????? Jailing the drug addict who will only get high behind bars is not “fixing anything”…..The campaign to end drugs seems almost futile b/c it is being approached the wrong way; which is part of what the research is hypothesizing.

    Medical tx is necessary to help sustain recovery, as well as ongoing drug counseling, education, etc. However, the REAL war on drugs should be waged against the cartels; the idea of flooding the streets w/ confiscated drugs to catch more drug dealers is ludicrous; the politicians and big businesses that are making money off of street drug sales need to be villified; ports that are being used as safehouses need to be raided regularly not just when certain politicians are running for office. I realize that many of this is already being addressed by the FBI, DEA, etc., it just doesn’t seem as if enough is being done. The question will always be: “how can the war on drugs be truly effective/ successful?”

    I, for one, would like the “war on drugs” to continue but from a more calculated, holistic approach (i.e. wraparound services).

    1. RT says:

      you want it to continue? Yeah because Alcohol prohibition worked so well, and obviously the “war against some drugs” works so well we should continue. Full legalization and regulation and treatment is the only way to go if you want safer streets and families, but this seems so radical for some reason to people. For once I wish people would actually think for themselves and actually think things out and realize this is the most commonsense solution. Look at Portugal, all they did was decriminalize and their country is already better off. but still ignores the big problem which is the trafficking which is still illegal.

  18. ad14jc says:

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    1. janet says:

      The almighty God will resolve the problems on this earth.

      The government is being control by the Mob. The average drug dealer can not make the import and export drug deals. Those connections are made and now arrange with in the system that is control by the U.S.A. Governmental Officials.

      Just like time before and the game still remain the same. first it was the cigarettes, then it was the moon shine booth leg liquor, then the streets number runner games, the race tracks, etc.. now drugs. The government allows the street hustler to run their games until it all makes a big profit, then the mob is ordered to learn the street hustler games plans by the Sand BO – informates. Then the street wars take place using the system of elimination. once the government make it’s mark to control the street or illegal profits. the street profits become a cash cow and a added tax system is voted in to make the illegal profit a legal investment because the people have allowed their own government to take control over all things with in the united states governmental affairs related to taking control of the people due to the American people are so caught up in lust until they are now blinded by reality of life. Sin Is Pure Evil and Lust Is A Destructive Force = Death Of This Nation Natural Purpose Is Zero.

      Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing.

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