Tennessee

How does your state measure up when it comes to establishing policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition?

Harm Reduction


Does the state permit access to clean syringes for people who inject drugs?

  • NO

Does the state have naloxone training & distribution programs available to the public at syringe exchange programs or other facilities?

  • NO

Does the state have a 911 Good Samaritan law?

  • NO

Does the state have legal methadone access?

  • YES

Marijuana


Are marijuana possession and use legal for medical purposes?

  • NO

What are the criminal penalties for marijuana possession?

Criminal Justice


How many people are arrested for a drug offense each year? 

  • 42,714

What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?

  • Total population (2011): 79.6% white, 17.4% black.
    Drug arrests (2011): 62.8% white, 36.6% black.

What happens to people’s voting rights when they become part of the criminal justice system?

  • Permanent disenfranchisement for at least some people with criminal convictions, unless government approves individual rights restoration.

Nashville June 13-14: Religious Leaders Gather at Historic American Baptist College to Strategize the Role of the Church in Ending the War on Drugs

Religious Leaders To Develop an Action Plan to Decriminalize Drugs, Reduce Mass Incarceration, and Eliminate Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests

Nashville – This June 13-14, two dozen religious leaders will gather at the historic American Baptist College to examine the disproportionate impact of the war on drugs on poor and black communities.  The U.S incarcerates more people than any other country in the world – both per capita and in the total number of people behind bars.  With less than 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. has almost 25% of the world’s incarcerated population.  This alarming rate of incarceration has had a deleterious effect on poor and black communities.

Contact: Tony Newman 646-335-5384 or Tommy McDonald 510-338-8827

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