Prisons and the War on DrugsDrug 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:

University of Notre Dame. (1999). War on Drugs Dramatically
Increases Prison Population [Video]. In Life Behind Bars. Retrieved from the
Films on Demand database.
http://digital.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?Token=10167&aid=18596&loid=30210&Plt=FOD&w=320&h=240

After viewing the required video for this discussion, please
answer each of the following questions:

a. Discuss the differences between a cultures folkways,
mores, and taboos.

b. Why are some deemed infractions of normative expectations
termed criminal and others social?

c. How does this definitional process lead us to incarcerate
fellow citizens?

d. What sociological factors contribute to the
criminalization of individuals in society? Explain your answer.

e. Does the seriousness of drug abuse justify the social
consequences of a reliance on incarceration?University of Notre Dame. (1999). War on Drugs Dramatically
Increases Prison Population [Video]. In Life Behind Bars. Retrieved from the
Films on Demand database.
http://digital.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?Token=10167&aid=18596&loid=30210&Plt=FOD&w=320&h=240After viewing the required video for this discussion, please
answer each of the following questions:a. Discuss the differences between a cultures folkways,
mores, and taboos.b. Why are some deemed infractions of normative expectations
termed criminal and others social?c. How does this definitional process lead us to incarcerate
fellow citizens?d. What sociological factors contribute to the
criminalization of individuals in society? Explain your answer.e. Does the seriousness of drug abuse justify the social
consequences of a reliance on incarceration?

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