COVID-19, Drug Policy, and Decarceration: Reflections and Looking Ahead

How does decarceration support ending the drug war? How do both decarceration and the decriminalization of drugs support the health and safety of people who use drugs? COVID-19 both highlights and brings to the forefront the state-imposed punishment of people who use drugs.

This is the first in a series of seven discussions that DPA held on COVID-19 and drug policy. These discussions bring together advocates and allies in the justice reform movement to discuss how we can sustain progress, which obstacles still remain, and how we can use the current moment to be more aspirational with our policy agendas.


  • Rose Cahn, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • Taz Moore, National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
  • David Menschel, Vital Projects Fund
  • Robert Suarez, VOCAL-NY and Urban Survivors Union
  • Peter Wagner, Prison Policy Initiative

Moderator: Kassandra Frederique, Drug Policy Alliance

Watch more of this discussion series.

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