Read Jack Cole’s article in today’s Boston Globe, “The Solution To The Failed Drug War.”

Why? Because he’s willing to say what few people are: “There are more black men in US prisons today than there were slaves in 1840, and they are being used for the same purpose; working for private corporations at 16 to 20 cents an hour. Half the states have private, for-profit prisons whose lobbyists are demanding longer mandatory-minimum prison sentences. Indeed, American blacks are incarcerated at nearly eight times the level of South African blacks during the height of apartheid.”

The article’s so good we can even forgive him his little dig at The Wire (“Even a seemingly street-wise show like ‘The Wire,’ which correctly abandoned all hope for this war, supported that impression, portraying virtual swarms of drug-involved blacks.”)

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