Efforts to end a grant program could indicate a change in the administration's approach. Funds are set to be cut to the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program, which since 1988 has earmarked federal money for local war on drugs.
Indeed, many contend that the current allocation of resources has not been effective. Although prisons around the country are bulging under 1.5 million drug arrests per year, the price of drugs has never been lower, and the purity has never been higher.
"The structure of these task forces is so flawed that they create more problems than they solve," says Scott Henson, director of the Police Accountability Project for the ACLU of Texas. "They are federally funded, state managed, and locally staffed. There is no accountability."