Drug Policy Alliance Blog

04/19/19
By Anthony Papa
On Tuesday April 18, hip hop pioneer and activist Fab 5 Freddy hosted the New York City premiere of his new documentary “Grass is Greener.” The film, which will debut on Netflix on Saturday, April 20 – 4/20,… Read More
04/08/19
By Drug Policy Alliance New Jersey
Last week, Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) co-organized a forum with The College of New Jersey featuring an expert panel of public health officials, researchers, legal experts, and community leaders on innovations… Read More
03/27/19
By Drug Policy Alliance
The Drug Policy Alliance has been at the forefront of the push for marijuana legalization in New York. DPA's New York state director Kassandra Frederique was interviewed by Times Union about the recent efforts… Read More
04/01/19
By Drug Policy Alliance
Second chances is something Anthony Papa strongly believes in.    In 1985 he made the biggest mistake in his life when he got involved with drug activity. Papa was married with a 7 year-old daughter, and self-… Read More
04/01/19
By Anthony Papa
Terrence Stevens is on a mission to save children whose parents are incarcerated. He knows too well the stories that these kids represent. He is the founder and CEO of In Arms Reach (IAR) a Harlem-based nonprofit assisting… Read More
04/28/19
By Anthony Papa
In 2010, I got a visit from Lawrence Harris who was sentenced to 60 years in prison under the Rockefeller Drug Laws (RDLs). Because of a series of legal challenges he made, his sentence was later reduced to 17 years to life… Read More
04/15/19
By Anthony Papa
Statistically, it is well known that if you wind up in prison and are lucky enough to get out, you will be going back some time soon. Julio Medina is someone who has beaten the odds. He was a long way from prison and his… Read More
04/08/19
By Anthony Papa
Elaine Bartlett is a hero.  She survived serving 16 years of a 20 to life sentence for transporting a few ounces of cocaine. In the early 1980s, desperate to feed her family, she accepted $2,500 to transport a… Read More
04/22/19
By Anthony Papa
Dr. Jay Borchert has a very rich life. Before joining the Drug Policy Alliance in 2019 as a researcher and quantitative analyst, he served as an assistant professor of Sociology at John Jay College and an Emerging Diversity… Read More
03/22/19
By Susan Burton, Executive Director, A New Way of Life Reentry Project
DPA Partner Susan Burton, founder and executive director of A New Way of Life Reentry Project, recently shared her personal perspective on the urgent need for drug decriminalization in an op-ed for the L.A. Sentinel. In her… Read More