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 doesn’t match the “lock ‘em up” reality experienced in communities across the country, where the criminal justice system remains the primary means of addressing drug problems.
Join us for a thought-provoking conversation about America’s drug laws, their impact on individuals and families, and strategies for ending the war on drugs. This discussion will begin with a screening of a 51-minute, edited version of director Eugene Jarecki’s documentary, The House I Live In.
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 the drug war. 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, and public health, and drug prevention education.
Lunch will be served.