NJ spent billions on failed drug war, new report says

Report highlights racial disparities in New Jersey’s efforts to stamp out illegal drug use
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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:

WATCH: New report asserts ‘war on drugs’ failed at decreasing drug use, overdoses

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