The article illustrates what I learned over my 30-year career as a federal agent: Cracking down in one place doesn't make drugs disappear, it only moves the trade elsewhere. This so-called "balloon effect," combined with the insatiable demand for drugs across the globe, means that no level of law-enforcement skill or dedication can make a significant dent.And that will pop the incarceration bubble, as well, according to CCA's own 2010 report to the SEC. -jsq
The only way to pop the proverbial balloon is to legalize and regulate the drug trade, which would eliminate the opportunity to make enormous black-market profits. It wasn't easy for me to come to this revelation after dedicating so many years to enforcing drug laws, but it is common sense. Law-enforcement officers don't have to chase gangsters selling booze from town to town because we ended the failed experiment of alcohol prohibition decades ago. It is time we do the same for other drugs.
Executive Board Member
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition