Can you discuss any potential changes that you’ve researched being made on a federal level to reduce this number?

What are the cons to the war on drugs
Cons:

  1. As we’ve discussed throughout this debate, there is a disproportionate number of black and latino men incarcerated  in the US for drug offenses. Can you make recommendations as to alternatives to incarceration that have been successful on a state level that could potentially translate to a federal position?
  2. Can you discuss the theory of “moral panic”  with regards to drug policy enforcement in the US? What are some underlying causes of “moral panic” that you’ve identified in your research?
  3. According to a Congressional Research Service report from Dec 2018, the number of federal prisoners in 2017 (185,617) was six times greater than that of 1980 (24,640) in the height of the  crack epidemic.Can you discuss any potential changes that you’ve researched being made on a federal level to reduce this number? Do you  feel like these changes, if enacted, will be satisfactory in reshaping the ways in which the US views incarceration?
  4. Please discuss the racial and class disparities among incarcerated and formerly incarcerated  drug offenders with regards to court involvement, treatment in prison, and services accessed upon release.
  5. Can you discuss the cost of the War of Drugs in terms of federal dollars invested, as well as collateral  damage that is associated with enforcement of drug policies (eg: affects on migrants, women, etc.)?