Annotated Works Cited: Prisoners of War: 2.4 Million and Counting

“A Brief History of the Drug War.” A Brief History of the Drug War. Drug Policy Alliance, n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.

This source contains information about the history of drug policies being used to control and discriminate against specific racial groups. The beginning of the article poses an interesting question: “Why are some drugs legal and other drugs illegal today?” The author goes onto state that, “ It’s not based on any scientific assessment of the relative risks of these drugs – but it has everything to do with who is associated with these drugs.” The rest of the article contains information about past drug policies starting with the anti-opium laws of the 1870s and ends with discussing Obama’s policies.

“Advocates to End the Insane War on Drugs.” The War on Drugs Is a Failure. Drug War, n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2015.

This source is an article published by a Drug-War.US which is a very adamant advocate against the war. The source is also pretty anti-government and stresses that the American government has lied about drugs. While some information on this website seems to be drawn from conspiracy theories, there is a lot of truth there.

Branson, Richard. “War on Drugs a Trillion-dollar Failure –” CNN. Cable News Network, 7 Dec. 2012. Web. 16 Jan. 2015.

This article talks about the economic toll that the War on Drugs has taken on the United States. The author goes into detail about how much money has been pumped into prisons, the justice system, narcotics agencies, and rehabilitation centers. This source was helpful for writing the narrative about the War on Drugs and the economy.

Debusmann, Bernd. “Drug Wars and the Balloon Effect.” Reuters, 26 Mar. 2009. Web. 16 Jan. 2015.

This source explains the evolution of the War on Drugs and discusses the effects of the war in each of its stages. The article discusses its effect of the economy, criminal justice system, and communities.

“Drug Information and Facts About the Side Effects of Drugs & Substance Abuse.” Drug Information and Facts About the Side Effects of Drugs & Substance Abuse. Foundation for a Drug Free World, n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2015.

This website contains information about all different types of drugs and their effects. The articles discuss why people take drugs and the effects of addiction on people. The purpose of the source is drug prevention. Overall, this source was helpful in understanding more about why people take drugs.

“Drug War Clock.” Drug War Clock. Drug Sense, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.

This website has history on the War on Drugs and current statistics about the War on Drugs for individual states and the U.S. This is a really good resource for facts and numbers surrounding economic expenditures surrounding the war. This source features the amount of money being spent on the War on Drugs as it updates in real time.

“ – Home of Rick Ross Aka “Freeway” Rick Ross.” –Home of Rick Ross Aka “Freeway” Rick Ross. The Home of Rick Ross, n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2015.

This source has the autobiography and documentary of Rick Ross. Along with information about his life and work, this source also has a lot of information about the effects that the War on Drugs has has on inner city, poor, minority communities.

Gray, Colin. “Stanford Progressive.” The Stanford Progressive. Stanford University, May 2010. Web. 16 Jan. 2015.

In this article, Colin Gray talks about the increases of violence and the effects of the drug trade on the Mexican economy. Mexico has been in a state of violence due to the drug trade. Violence and crime in Mexico has affected the people and government, but there isn’t a foreseeable end to this because the Mexican economy heavily relies on drug trafficking. The article talks about the war in mexico with drugs and explains that it is a continuous issue in this country and has caused it to be unlivable for some of the citizens there.

Li, Hao. “War on Drugs” International Business Times. International Business Times, 17 June 2011. Web. 16 Jan. 2015.

This source provides statistics reflecting the effects of War on drugs and it contains analysis of evidence that argues the failure of War on Drugs. This source also contains video clips.

Miles, Kathleen. “Just How Much The War On Drugs Impacts Our Overcrowded Prisons, In One Chart.” The Huffington Post., 10 Mar. 2014. Web. 14 Jan 2015.

This article contains statistics and facts about how the War on Drugs has affected the prison population. There are charts that show how many prison inmates there are for certain offenses. The highest conviction rates and incarceration rates are for drug offenses. The article also explains that powdered cocaine and marijuana are found on the criminals during the time of arrest more often than other drugs.

Redmond, Helen. “The Political Economy of Mexico’s Drug War.” The Political Economy of Mexico’s Drug War. International Socialist Review, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.

This source has detailed information about the drug war in Mexico and the relationship between the War on Drugs in the United States and the drug cartels in across the border. The article explains how the crackdown on drug control increased the need for under the table drug dealing which lead to more drug trade between Mexicans and Americans. This source also goes into detail about how the Mexican economy now relies heavily on the drug trade even though it also causes a lot of violence and crime.

“Ronald Reagan Biography.” A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2015.

This source has the complete biography of Ronald Reagan’s life. This information was helpful for writing the narrative about the War on Drugs and politics because it gave a backstory about Presidents Reagan and information about the Iran Contra.

“Thirty Years of America’s Drug War.” PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.

The following website provides us the information about thirty years of The American Drug War. Starting from the late 1960s we can see how the drugs became so popular among the youths which increased protests along with criminal rate in the USA. Though the process was made to decrease the argument between various agencies, the war continued between Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and the Custom. Moving forward, we approached to that time where a test was taken among the prisoners at DC Jail, which resulted 44% positive for heroin. A year later, the mexican border that was closed for lots of people, were involved in trading of marijuana. Inspite of the border security, the flow of supplying marijuana in the USA didn’t stop. Looking at its long term and short term effects,the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) was founded.

“Timeline: America’s War on Drugs.” NPR. NPR, 02 Apr. 2007. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.

This source contains a lot of history as well as immediate effects. In addition to explaining the effects of the War on Drugs in the US, it also contains a lot of information about how the war affected Latin America. The timeline starts on July 14th, 1968 when Ronald Reagan announced that drug abuse is a “serious national threat.” The timeline finishes in January 2006 when the longest drug smuggling tunnel was found that connected a warehouse in Tijuana to a warehouse in the United States. This article mainly focuses on the effects of the War on Drugs on International Drug Cartels.

“Welcome.” Welcome. Drug War Facts, 10 Jan. 2014. Web. 16 Jan. 2015.

This source is the website for a book titled Drug War Facts, which provides helpful information on the War Of Drugs. This website also contains a timeline of the war and other information such as people and organizations involved and the immediate effects of drug laws.


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