October 14, 1982

On October 14, 1982, US President Ronald Reagan proclaimed a “War on Drugs”. He pushed the narrative that harsher prison sentences would decrease the usage of illegal drugs in America. He and his fellow Republicans also pushed removing the safety nets of the poorest Americans. Not surprisingly, over the last 40 years America has lost the “War on Drugs” and doctors, scientists, and economists now agree that the best way to win the “War on Drugs” is to remove marijuana from the illegal list, reduce the penalties from drug ‘use’, recognize that addiction isn’t a crime, provide medical help for fighting addiction, increase the number of people on insurance, make sure children have enough to eat, upgrade everyone’s education opportunities, and raise the minimum wage. Looks like “Just Say No” was never really enough.

But without the War on Drugs, how would prisons continue to make a profit? You say that's not what prisons are supposed to be for? I know several very wealthy and powerful CEOs who think that's exactly what prisons are for. Share Twisted-History to just say no to them.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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