New Jersey has spent billions of dollars to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate residents for drug-related offenses as part of “an expensive, ineffective, racially discriminatory war,” asserts a new report by New Jersey Policy Perspective, a liberal think tank.
The report, published Wednesday, coincides with the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s declaration of a nationwide War on Drugs. Social justice activists say that Nixon’s policy unfairly targeted Black and brown communities nationwide and contributed to a “New Jim Crow” era. The report highlights budget spending and racial disparities in New Jersey’s efforts to eradicate illegal drug use.
Here’s a summary of the report by the numbers: