An Exit Strategy for the Failed War on Drugs: A Federal Legislative Guide
Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (EDT)
In the recently-released 2013 National Drug Control Strategy, the Office of National Drug Control Policy adapted their rhetoric to reflect the fact that three-quarters of Americans consider the drug war a failure, instead emphasizing the need to treat drug misuse as a health issue. However, this health-focused language does not match the “lock ‘em up” reality experienced in communities across the country, where the criminal justice system remains the primary means of addressing drugs.
Join us for a thought-provoking event highlighting America’s drug laws, their impact on individuals and families, and strategies for ending the war on drugs. This event will begin with a screening of the edited version of the award-winning documentary, The House I Live In. This film features heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s war on drugs – including drug sellers and a grieving mother, narcotics officers and lawmakers, prisoners and the judges who sentenced them. The House I Live In offers a definitive portrait and reveals the profound human rights implications of America’s failed drug policies.
This event will also mark the release of An Exit Strategy for the Failed War on Drugs: A Federal Legislative Guide, the Drug Policy Alliance’s first-ever federal legislative guide to ending America’s longest war, the war on drugs. This comprehensive report contains both broad and incremental recommendations for legislative reforms related to civil rights, deficit reduction, law enforcement, foreign policy, sentencing and re-entry, effective drug treatment, public health, and drug prevention education.
· Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY
· Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-TX
· Bill Piper, Director, Office of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
· Jasmine Tyler, Deputy Director, Office of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
· Grant Smith, Policy Manager, Office of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance