As a lawyer for drug charges in Omaha, Daniel Stockmann has seen countless cases and has unique insights into drug crimes, those accused of them, how the criminal justice system works, and how the legislation took root. Launched by President Nixon in 1971 and signed in 1972, the “War on Drugs” was supposed to save the country, prevent deaths, lower crime, and reduce drug use. Drugs were deemed “public enemy number one,” and needed to be eradicated. It later came to light that perhaps Nixon had other things in mind when he launched the War on Drugs, yet here we are decades later still combating in the same way.
1. The People Believe It Failed
Richard Branson of Virgin has been an advocate for drug reform. Not too long ago, he performed a global poll across various social media platforms, including Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Over 91% of respondents agreed that the War on Drugs was a flop. More than 90% were in favor of treatment versus imprisonment as well.
2. The President Believes it’s Not Working
“For too long we have viewed the problem of drug abuse … through the lens of the criminal justice system,” President Obama has said. “We end up with jails full of folks who can’t function when they get out. We end up with people’s lives being shattered.” Throughout the latter part of his presidency he has been granting clemency to nonviolent drug offenders, with more than 200 applications being approved in a single day- the largest number any president has issued in a single day in more than 100 years.
3. Nearly Half of those Imprisoned are in for Drug Crimes
Despite the recent commutations issued by Obama, and the fact that the public is in favor of treatment versus punishment, nearly half (46%) of those in prison are there for drug crimes at last count. This is 84,746 people. Worse yet, the waiting lists to get treatment across the country are immense. In Oklahoma, some treatment centers have waiting lists of more than 900 people. In Maine, hundreds of spots have been cut due to budgetary constraints. No Nebraska numbers are readily available, though a state manual from a couple years back reads, “The State presently faces such a severe shortage of substance abuse clinicians and treatment professionals, support that every level of service for every type of substance abuse within the continuum of care has a waiting list.”
Contact an Experienced Lawyer for Drug Charges in Omaha
Despite its failure, the War on Drugs has continued on. Its face has changed, and reform will continue, but the state of Nebraska and the federal government continue to treat drug crimes very seriously. If you’re facing charges, get in touch with an experienced lawyer for drug charges in Omaha. Daniel Stockmann has been serving Nebraska for nearly two decades and understands the intricacies of the law, as well as the ramifications of a guilty verdict. For a free consultation, call (844) 545-3022 today.