How Systemic Discrimination and the War on Drugs Created a 700% Increase in Us Prison Population THIS IS POWERFUL! Poverty and lack of opportunity combined with institutionalized discrimination based on race and income within our justice system are the causes. Discriminatory policing, prosecution, and sentencing are well documented, and even the formerly incarcerated must contend with legal discrimination in relation to employment, housing, education, and voting. Since President Nixon declared a “war on drugs” in 1971 [...]