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Michelle Alexander, Shanequa Benitez, The Honorable Mark Bennett, Charles Bowden, Mike Carpenter, Larry Cearly, Eric Franklin, Maurice Haltiwanger, Dr. Carl Hart, Nannie Jeter
Eugene Jarecki, Melinda Shopsin, Samuel Cullman, Christopher St. John
As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.A look at the heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America's War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.