The Failed Drug War

The Silk Road case is a major battle in the government’s failed War on Drugs and Ross is a prisoner of that war.

Judge Katherine Forrest delivered a strong endorsement of the U.S. government’s failed War on Drugs when she sentenced Ross to double life without parole + 40 years. She made it clear that it was to serve as a warning to others, and that the government is doubling down on the drug war, which has not lessened or stopped drug use after over 45 years and over $1 trillion.[1]

According to the Drug Policy Alliance, the amount spent annually in the U.S. on the war on drugs is more than $50 billion.[2] That’s a lot of tax money and that doesn’t address the cost in human misery, including the 5 million children with incarcerated parents.[3]

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Ross’s sentence sets a precedent for harsher, not more reasonable, drug sentencing. This will continue to increase mass incarceration and preserve the U.S.’s dubious honor of having the highest incarceration rate in the world.[4]

Last but not least, Ross’s sentence has not deterred the launching of dark web markets. In fact, they increased in number after the sentencing, and they are much bigger than Silk Road was.[5]