Stories of Corruption
One of the unfortunate consequences of prohibition is its corrupting
influence. Alcohol prohibition caused widespread corruption in the US, most
notably in Chicago with Al Capone. Police, prosecutors and judges were all
involved in Capone's corrupt dealings. Today we know that corruption is deeply
rooted in Columbia, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, and other countries involved
in international drug trafficking. Yet corruption inside our own country
is not reported in the same way.
The following are reports of corruption involving police, prisons,
and other related agencies. Most of these stories came from the
Media Awareness Project
. It would be easy to pass off these stories as "bad cops". It would also
be unfair to the people who risk their lives every day to protect us, and
overly simplistic. These stories are the result of bad policy. Prohibition
has known consequences. Our policy makers have chosen prohibition with the
knowledge that corruption will result. The blame for Vietnam lay not with
the soldiers but with the generals and the politicians -- and the voters.
The same is true with prohibition.
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