Criminal InJustice: Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

The Detroit event focused on the waste of the drug war, and the huge prison industrial complex that the drug war has created. The Metro Times reported that TNC Director Nora Callahan "feels drug users are unfairly targeted and sentenced by race and gender. She says police use racial profiling when searching for drugs, causing an inordinate number of minorities to be imprisoned. Callahan says women are likely to face longer sentences than men, because the system is 'informant based,' which she is against. In addition, she says women often hold lesser roles in the drug trade, and know little about bigger players in a network. 'When it comes time to barter for freedom by testifying against others, they don't have any info,' she says. 'That's the only way to get a sentence reduction. Tell on three, go free.' Another major problem: Drug offenders are sent en masse to prison, where drugs are widely accessible. 'The place you can easiest find drugs in America is in the prison system,' said U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, during day two of the conference in Detroit."

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By exposing innocent people to a contagious killing virus the Sheriff's Department has again demonstrated the "drug warrior's" blind obsession to arrest non-violent drug users.

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Prohibition has driven intravenous drug users--a high-risk group for spreading HIV/AIDS-underground, exacerbating the spread of contagious diseases.

African-Americans comprise only 13% of the U.S. population and 14% of the monthly drug users, but are 37% of the people arrested for drug-related offenses in America.

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Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. Our efforts advance harm reduction policies, practices and programs that address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration. Recognizing that social inequality and injustice magnify drug-related harm and limit the voice of our most vulnerable communities, we work to uphold every individual’s right to health and well-being and their competence to participate in the public policy dialogue.

“White people now feel a kinship to drug users and abusers that they did not feel when the faces of addiction were black and brown ..

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Scotti has authored and co-authored law review and medical journal articles on HIV prevention and drug policy. She founded the Prevention Point Philadelphia Harm Reduction Law Project, which provides free legal assistance for drug users and sex workers in Philadelphia. She lectures often on the issues of harm reduction and drug policy.

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Before joining the Drug Policy Alliance, Roseanne Scotti, Senior Director, Resident States and State Director, , was a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Studies of Addiction in the HIV Prevention Research Division. As a research coordinator, she worked on various research projects studying the incidence of HIV among injection drug users with the goal of designing effective prevention interventions. Scotti received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Temple School of Law.

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War on Drugs is an American term usually applied to the U.S

The 2002 Journey kicked off in Detroit, MI, on Oct. 11. As reported by the Detroit Metro Times (), "The combined effort of two national organizations, the November Coalition and Common Sense for Drug Policy, the Journey for Justice will tour the nation for four years, highlighting the injustices of current drug policy and calling for reform. The kickoff of the tour took place last weekend with a Friday lecture in Ann Arbor and a Saturday forum in Detroit. Organizers say the drug war is a fallacy that has caused countless injustices, wasted tax dollars, invoked sexist and racist policies and resulted in thousands of draconian sentences for victimless crimes. The Journey for Justice is calling for a complete re-examination of the nation's current war against drugs, and is attempting to organize a grassroots constituency through public education and discussion. Proponents are not interested in highlighting one particular drug or cause; instead, they want to draw attention to the drug war as a whole - - especially the issues of incarceration vs. treatment and creating alternatives to current policy."