Must be original, no Wikipedia, and have references marked in the body of the work.
University of Notre Dame. (1999). War on Drugs Dramatically Increases Prison Population [Video]. In Life Behind Bars. Retrieved from the Films on Demand database.
(In order to complete this week’s discussion, “Prisons and the War on Drugs,” watch the video that discusses the social and financial costs of the War on Drugs.)
Drug abuse has been defined as a significant social problem. This discussion provides an opportunity to examine this problem as well as the consequences of our reliance on punishment as a solution to drug abuse.
After viewing the required video for this discussion, please answer each of the following questions:
- Discuss the differences between a culture's folkways, mores, and taboos.
- Why are some deemed infractions of normative expectations termed criminal and others social?
- How does this definitional process lead us to incarcerate fellow citizens?
- What sociological factors contribute to the criminalization of individuals in society? Explain your answer.
- Does the seriousness of drug abuse justify our reliance on the social consequences of incarceration?
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.