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Racially Destructive Effects of Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970: A Review Summary

Hide Yamatani

Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act (DAPCA) of 1970 have led to seriously undesirable disparate treatments based on racial groups. The previous 30 years of crime statistics show that African Americans were far more likely to be arrested for drug crimes, and received much stiffer penalties and sentences than
non-minorities. This paper is a summary version which reviewed a significant impact of DAPCA, as an example of serious national policy failure, which lead to a discriminatory law enforcement, incarceration and ruined lives of African Americans.