The War on Drugs began in June of 1971 when U.S. President Richard Nixon declared drug abuse “public enemy number one.” That largely punitive approach to drug use has has American society in numerous ways, not least of which is a monumental effect on incarceration capacity, funding, and practice.

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America’s jail health-care crisis: 700,000 people in 3,000 jails.

By Steve Coll of The New Yorker magazine

Health-Care Crisis

How the addiction crisis in rural America is overwhelming small-town jails.

By Richard Oppel Jr. of the New York Times

Rural Jail Crisis

People struggling with addiction who share a lethal dose of drugs are being prosecuted as killers.

“The Wrong Way To Fight Opioid Addiction,” by Paige Williams of The New Yorker Magazine

The Wrong Way