Stories by Anthony Papa

Anthony Papa, author of 15 To Life: How I Painted My Way To Freedom, is Manager of Media Relations for the Drug Policy Alliance. subscribe to Anthony Papa's feed

Posted on: Jan 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

How do we begin to address the connections between astronomical rates of incarceration, disintegration of black families, and the war on drugs?

Posted on: Dec 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

In a surprising act of compassion, the Mississippi governor has commuted the sentences of two sisters jailed for 16 years for an $11 armed robbery.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet

This is the fourth suicide linked to Bernie's actions.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The Columbia bust is all hype and PR and will do nothing to stop drug use on our campuses or in NYC.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Terrance Stevens' dream was to help the many children of NY State prisoners that live in his Harlem community and had been left with a great void in their lives.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Andrew Cuomo is searching for ways to cut the budget and reduce economic waste, and half-empty prisons are an obvious target.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet

By speaking out for treatment instead of imprisonment, Hilton could help the cause of millions of other Americans are arrested for minor drug law violations.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

What does the war on drugs have to do with the sport of baseball? Just ask Roger "The Rocket" Clemens.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The axing of prison-gerrymandering will result in the reduction of the reliance on the prison industrial complex in upstate New York.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A spiritual father to many men behind and beyond the walls of prison will be surely missed.

Posted on: May 4, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Using art as a vehicle for social change.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A single joint smoked by Amir Varick Amma cost him an additional 5 years in prison, and taxpayers roughly $250,000.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The government is hell-bent on punishing Cameron Douglas for the crime of being an addict.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Arguments by top level city and federal law enforcement agents against harm redution pamphlet have little scientific merit.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

More people than ever grasp the need to shift from criminalization to a public health model -- the Drug Policy Alliance's conference leads the way on this discussion.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2009, Source: Huffington Post

When you look in the mirror you will think of your crime and how you wound up in prison. You will re-live your crime over and over.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Drug addiction shouldn't be a crime -- the real crime would be if reform of New York's draconian drug laws were stymied yet again.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2008, Source: Drug Policy Alliance

Exercising the right to vote is important part of prisoner rehabilitation, but over 5 million convicted felons are barred from doing so.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The Drug Policy Alliance's re:FORM art auction benefit marries art with tackling the ridiculous "war on drugs."

Posted on: Aug 7, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

Our federal government's zero-tolerance anti-drug crusade reached a new low in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Hamilton was lucky enough to be able to afford treatment and get access right away. Most people cannot afford it.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Why Colombia's top drug lord may get off easier than small-time offenders in the U.S.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2007, Source: AlterNet

It is time to treat addiction for what it is, a medical problem, not a criminal one -- even for celebrities who rely on rehab clinics to bail them out and continue driving down that road to oblivion.

Posted on: May 2, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Sure, it would be nice to give Limbaugh a taste of his own medicine, but nobody deserves to serve time for a nonviolent drug offense.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The drug war, and the hard-nosed zealots who wage it, have reached new lows in Massachusetts.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2006, Source: AlterNet

New York's drug laws ensure that the privileged and connected receive leniency for the same offenses that send thousands of blacks and Latinos to prison.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A unique benefit art exhibit aims to help stop the madness of the war on drugs.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A victim of New York's Rockefeller drug laws recalls life as a prisoner, an activist and an artist.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Despite a recent attempt at reform, the infamous Rockefeller Drugs Laws of New York live on untouched and as dangerous as ever.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The alliance forged between families of the Argentinean disappeared and the families of people imprisoned under Rockefeller drug laws is not as strange as it would first appear.

Posted on: May 5, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The draconian law hits a milestone as activists continue to hope for much needed reform.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2002, Source: AlterNet

A victim of the Rockefeller drug laws talks about his experience in prison for a nonviolent drug charge and the possibility of reform.