According to a new poll conducted by ALCU and DPA, two-thirds of Americans support drug decriminalization, stating that the war on drugs should end. The survey came ahead of President Richard Nixon’s 50th anniversary.
65% of those who took part in the survey maintained that the U.S should stop the war on drugs while 66% support the policy of removing criminal penalties for the possession of drug. The poll also revealed that a larger percentage of U.S voters feel the drug war failed.
According to party affiliation, 85% of independents, 82% of Republicans, and 83% of Democrats see the drug war as a failure.
On this 50th anniversary of the drug war, President Biden must make good on his campaign promises and take steps to begin dismantling the system of over-policing and mass incarceration that is endemic to the war on drugs.Udi Ofer, director of ACLU’s Justice Division
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The poll further revealed that 64% of Americans support revoking mandatory minimum sentences in cases related to drugs, 61% support reducing sentences for such convictions, and 63% maintained that the use of drugs should be seen and treated as a public health issue, rather than criminal justice.
The U.S president has voiced support for putting an end to incarceration for cases of low-level drugs. Biden maintained that nobody should be sentenced for using drugs and the country should change its perspective on how to deal with drug abuse.
Biden’s administration has not taken any significant decision to redirect federal policy and Biden is yet to give presidential clemency for anyone incarcerated for drugs.
ACLU and DPA will launch a media campaign to demand that Biden starts eliminating the drug war by reducing the sentences of people confined in federal prison for drugs.