This booklet from the ACLU addresses what constitutional rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers. Available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, French, Farsi,… Read More
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Information and videos that walk you through how to handle a police encounter, including the two-minute movie, "10 Rules for Dealing with Police," which focuses on the concerns of communities of color. The website's FAQ… Read More
Ending America's Obsession with Punishment and Prisons: A Conversation about Healing with Angela Y. Davis and asha bandele
This telephone town hall hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance featured Angela Y. Davis, political activist and Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of Santa Cruz, and asha bandele, Senior Director of… Read More
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD): Reducing the Role of Criminalization in Local Drug Control (English/Spanish)
Many U.S. cities are taking steps to reduce the role of criminalization in their local drug policies. Seattle, Washington has been at the forefront of this effort, pioneering a novel pre-booking diversion program for… Read More
Overview With less than 5% of the world’s population but nearly 25% of its incarcerated population, the United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world – largely due to the war on drugs.… Read More
This fact sheet explains how 911 Good Samaritan laws can save lives. These laws protect people from arrest and prosecution for drug possession when they call 911 to report an overdose.
Overview One solution to reducing the number of people swept into the criminal justice system for drug law violations is to enact various forms of decriminalization of drug use and possession. Decriminalization is the… Read More
List of states with 911 Good Samaritan laws and/or naloxone access policies in place.
"Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests in Virginia (2003-2013)" reveals that marijuana possession arrests in Virginia have increased dramatically in recent years despite a nationwide trend in favor of… Read More
A series of synthetic products have emerged that simulate the effects of prohibited drugs like marijuana, ecstasy (MDMA), opioids, cocaine and methamphetamine. Often called “legal highs” or “research… Read More