Drug-Free Zone Dilemma: Expand Them or Reduce Them?

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In the late 1980s, every state had laws that imposed harsh penalties on drug offenses committed near schools. The idea behind the “drug-free school zones” was to deter dealers at the height of a national crack cocaine epidemic from peddling drugs to children. Now those laws are undergoing new scrutiny, as states revisit long sentences for drug crimes that have led to mass incarceration and as they face a new drug epidemic, this time opioid addiction, Want to read more? Please subscribe to The Crime Report!