DPA Publication

Treatment Instead of Prisons: A Roadmap for Sentencing and Correctional Policy in Wisconsin

January 30, 2006
Justice Strategies
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

Subtitled "A Roadmap for Sentencing and Correctional Policy Reform in Wisconsin" and commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance, this report finds that Wisconsin policymakers could generate savings of four dollars for each dollar invested while achieving significant reductions in recidivism and substance abuse.

2006 Drug Policy Reform Congressional Voter Guide

January 31, 2006
Piper, Bill
Drug Policy Alliance

A nonpartisan tool for gauging members of Congress on their commitment to reforming failed U.S. drug policies. It covers key drug policy votes and related legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives during 2005.

Proposition 36: Improving Lives, Delivering Results

March 31, 2006
Drug Policy Alliance

This report is intended to help California state and county officials understand the positive impact of the historic Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 on California’s correctional system, drug treatment centers, and state budget over its first four years. This report also introduces readers to some inspiring true stories of how Prop 36 has helped tens of thousands of people turn their lives around.

Repeating Mistakes of the Past: Another Mycoherbicide Research Bill

March 15, 2006
Bigwood, Jeremy
Drug Policy Alliance

Report shows that a proposed Congressional plan to require the Office of National Drug Control Policy to revive research into toxic fungal “mycoherbicides” is extremely reckless, dangerous and unpopular, even with White House Drug Czar John Walters. These mold-like biological agents would be sprayed on drug crops in foreign countries, such as Colombia and Afghanistan, where coca and opium are illegally produced.

Disparity by Design: How Drug-free Zone Laws Impact Racial Disparity – And Fail to Protect Youth

March 1, 2006
Justice Policy Institute
Drug Policy Alliance

A new national report, authored by the Justice Policy Institute and commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance, finds that drug-free zones fail to protect youth from drug activity, while creating high levels of racial disparity in the criminal justice system.

Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs

January 1, 2012

Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Russian, Czech and Greek, Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs provides parents with the tools needed to evaluate and discuss strategies for protecting their teenagers from drug abuse. Since the original publication of the booklet, more than 300,000 copies have been distributed worldwide.

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A Four-Pillars Approach to Methamphetamine

March 1, 2008
Piper, Bill
Drug Policy Alliance

This report lays out the fundamentals of an effective national strategy for reducing the problems associated with both methamphetamine misuse and misguided U.S. methamphetamine policies. It presents policymakers with a diverse range of evidence-based policy proposals that seek to save lives, reduce wasteful government spending, and empower communities. The “four pillars” of an effective national methamphetamine strategy are prevention, treatment, policing and harm reduction.

Diversion Works

April 17, 2008
Immarigeon, Russ and Greene, Judith. A Better Way Foundation
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

Targeting Blacks for Marijuana: Possession Arrests of African Americans in California, 2004-08

June 29, 2010
Levine, Harry G., et al.

The Drug Policy Alliance, the nation's leading organization advocating alternatives to the war on drugs, has released a report that documents widespread race-based disparities in the enforcement of low-level marijuana possession laws in California. Focused on the 25 largest counties in the state, the report finds that African Americans are arrested for marijuana possession at substantially higher rates than whites, typically at double, triple or even quadruple the rate of whites.

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