Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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
03/21/19
By Drug Policy Alliance
Today in Trenton, Governor Phil Murphy held a press conference on the social justice impact of adult-use marijuana legalization and record expungement. The New Jersey Legislature is expected to vote Monday on a bill to… Read More
03/19/19
By Drug Policy Alliance
DPA's Executive Director, Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, was one of four women of color interviewed by Vice's Broadly to discuss the need for community investment and equal access in the legal cannabis business. The… Read More
02/01/19
By Amanda Bent
Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA), Colorado Medical Society (CMS) and Manatt Health released a new publication, Spotlight on Colorado: Best Practices and Next Steps in the Opioid Epidemic. Colorado is one of… Read More