In the 1980's President Reagan enacted "The war on drugs" during the peak of the crack epidemic. This led to a unfair balance of arrest and incarceration of black men. African Americans received harsher sentences for possession of crack cocaine than whites that preferred the powdered cocaine. This has led to a cycle of African Americans in and out of prison with proper reform such as job and educational training to help better their lives. David Simon (longtime journalist and creator of The Wire) sat with President Obama to discuss the show\u2019s very real portrayal of the effects of flooding our prisons with non-violent drug offenders both on the state and their immediate communities. The President admits he is a huge fan of the show and character Omar Little. But on the issue at hand Obama mentions how the system has failed and work needs to be done. He pointed to education and awareness as key factors to help turn the tide. These programs have increased some what. Discussions are taking place at the White house so that is a good sign. Watch President Obama interview David Simon below.