Alleged drug ‘epidemics’

Research the following two alleged drug ‘epidemics’:

The ‘crack epidemic’ of the 1980s and the current “opioid epidemic”

Based on the required class readings, including Module #6,:
1) Discuss whether the creation of laws prohibiting the use of powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin reflect a Conflict or Consensus theory of criminal law making. (Explain in detail, using the information in the readings to support your answer.) {Worth 4 points}

2) Discuss how John Rawl’s theory of justice and his tenets of the ’rule of law’ are observed or violated by the CJS’s comparative response to these two ‘epidemics’. {Worth 4 points}

3) Discuss how the federal constitutional assurance of “equal protection of the laws”, a provision of the 14th Amendment, is observed or violated by the CJS’s comparative response to these ‘epidemics’. {Worth 3 points}

4) Discuss in detail how classical criminologists would suggest controlling and preventing either epidemic and be sure to detail the central premise and important elements of the theory you choose. Be thorough in both your explication and application of theory. {Worth 4 points}

5) Select any two positivist theories we have studied and explain how the theories may account for individuals who may succumb to substance abuse and addiction. Again, be thorough by first explaining the central premises and important elements of each of the theories. {Worth 4 points}

6) If addiction is a disease, what are the implications for criminological theory and criminal justice policy? {Worth 3 points}

 

 

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