by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the
government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be
enforced. - Albert Einstein
Ron Paul Would Pardon Nonviolent Drug Offenders
Drug War Deserters: Former police officers and judges are among those pushing for an end to the “war on drugs.”
You can place a fair amount of the blame on privatization. The danger is creating an industry that needs prisoners to stay viable, so using their lobbying influence they encourage tougher penalties for increasingly minor crimes. The “drug war” is the most blatant example of these.