As the war on drugs continues and prison populations rise as a direct result of it, a reassessment of our nation's priorities in fighting drug abuse may be in order. Many people now believe that the rising numbers of people incarcerated in the U.S. for drug offenses constitute a failure on the part of our criminal justice system, especially when so many of them are nonviolent, low-level offenders.
Perhaps the most pressing issue in regards to mandatory minimums is the crack/cocaine sentencing disparity.
Funding for drug abuse treatment and prevention is essential for the success of any "war" on drugs. Here are two programs receiving funding.