Source: (2010) Criminal and civil confinement. 36(39): pg. 39-58.
In the early 1970s, the United States saw a wave of new laws imposing
dramatically harsher penalties for drug convictions. Court systems already
inundated with serious offenses were flooded with drug cases as arrests for
drug-related crimes in the United States jumped from 322,000 in 1970 to
more than 1.3 million in 1998. Recidivism rates were horrible. Those
recidivism rates contributed to giving the United States the highest
incarceration rate in the world.
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