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Meet the Builders of the Drug Prison Boom

ID Number: 25021
Maker: Sabrina Jones
Technique: photocopy
Date Made: 2005
Place Made: North America: United States; Massachusetts, Northampton
Measurements: 43.3 cm x 28 cm; 17 1/16 in x 11 in
Main Subject: Prisons & Prisoners
Materials: Paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Meet the Builders of the Drug Prison Boom NY Gov. Nelson Rockefeller laid the 1st brick in 1973. His harsh sentences were copied in many states & the federal government. Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1981 declared the War on Drugs aiming lots of money in military-style policing in urban areas. First Lady Nancy: just say no! CA Gov. Pete Wilson hit a political home run: 3 Strikes Law 1994 25 years to life for a 3rd felony (even non-violent.) The law was copied by 22 states & the federal government. Pres. Bill CLinton: Some folks call me a liberal, but watch how tough I am on crime! Crime Bill increased sentences Welfare Reform Banned people with drug convictions from welfare and food stamps Higher Education Reform Act no student loans if you are incarecerated or a former "drug felon." Prisoners of the War on Drugs by Sabrina Jones. (c) 2005 The Real Cost of Prison Project. www.realcostofprisons.org info@realcostofprisons.org from Prisoners of the War on Drugs, a comic book of the Real Cost of Prisons Project, Northampton, MA. Reproduced by permission for Prison Nation-Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex, an exhibition from the archives of Center for the Study of Political Graphics www.politicalgraphics.org Prison Nation was funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.


Acquisition Number: 2006-075

Notes:
Annotation: The War on Drugs was one of the earliest tools used to fuel the rapid expansion of the police and prison state. By exaggerating the threat of illicit drugs and exploiting the public’s fear of drug-addicted youth, increasingly harsh sentencing laws for drug users and dealers were passed. The war’s earliest champions were Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York whose drug laws were the inspiration for the extreme mandatory minimums now in use throughout the U.S. and Ronald and Nancy Reagan who pushed kids to “Just Say NO.”


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Under copyright; used by CSPG with permission.



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