Prohibition In The 1920's Essay

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SS222 Ideologically driven crime control strategies are responsible for some of the world’s greatest criminological mistakes? Discuss in relation alcohol in the 1920’s. Alcohol prohibition was introduced in America throughout the period of 1920s – 1933. Prohibition was known as a ‘noble experiment’, and was undertaken for several reasons that were seen to improve society. Prohibition was intended to reduce crime and corruption within the USA, as well as solve problems and reduce tax burdens that were created by prisoners and poor houses (Thornton, M.1991). This essay will examine the factors that influenced prohibition, and will explain the consequences that arouse from it. The essay will then explain ways in which the drug trade in the…show more content…
They aimed to set up a new treatment approach of prescribing heroin to treatment resistant heroin addicts; they used this as an example of a drug policy. The results of this policy reduced the spread of AIDS through dirty needles as well as reducing the continued use of heroin. This was then called the ‘four pillar drug policy’ which used four strategies including harm reduction, prevention, treatment and law enforcement (Uchtenhagen,A.2010) Due to the treatment given to the addicts it resulted in a significant change in the number of heroin users and health issues. Since 1991 there has been an overdose reduction by 50%, along with a reduction in heroin users by 80% and the number of HIV infected people had gone down by 65% which shows the results of the successful control strategy (Uchtenhagen,A.2010) . This drug policy has accomplished its aims which has demonstrated that the crime control strategy does work. This again shows that the technique that America use by prohibiting alcohol and the method that the UK use within their drug policy have been a failure and both countries should take on board a more powerful strategy like a similar one to
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