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The Drug War

Organizations, Books, and Web Sites

    < AIUSA Group 30 (San Francisco)

    < Baum, Dan. Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure. Little, Brown and Co., 1997.
An account of the modern war on drugs. Baum documents each escalation in the war on drugs over the past 30 years, featuring interviews with policy makers and those with firsthand experience at all levels of the drug war.

    < Bloom, Barbara, Meda Chesney Lind, and Barbara Owen. Women in California Prisons: Hidden Victims of the War on Drugs. Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, 1994.

    < Malloch, Margaret S. Women, Drugs and Custody. Waterside Press, 2000.
This book explores the use of drugs by women in the context of incarceration; evaluates rehabilitation efforts, examines how the social construction of race and gender criminalizes the use of drugs by women, and shows how rhetoric which labels prisoners as less eligible for resources than “free” citizens shapes the penal system’s focus on punishment rather than rehabilitation.

    < McCoy, Alfred. The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Central America, Columbia. Lawrence Hill Books, 1991.
A documentation of decades of U.S. government involvement in drug trafficking.

    < Norris, Mikki, Virginia Resner, Chris Conrad (ed) and R.U. Sirius. Shattered Lives: Portraits From America’s Drug War. Creative Xpressions, 1998.
Examines various aspects of the American drug war including the prison boom, the effect on families, persecution by prosecution, the war on drug patients, and more.

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