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Gabriel Sayegh is the director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s New York Office.
The Death of Hakeem Kuta: Trying to Make Sense of the Senseless
Posted on: Apr 10, 2015, Source: Drug Policy Alliance
Hakeem Kuta died fleeing from the NYPD over smoking pot in a Bronx building. Is the department's legacy of aggressive policing to blame?
Healthcare Reform Could Transform Drug Policy and Mass Incarceration
Posted on: Dec 18, 2013, Source: Drug Policy Alliance
This is an opportunity we should not pass up.
Rally in New York Demands End to Bogus Marijuana Arrests
Posted on: May 22, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Will Governor Cuomo and NY legislature finally fix unfair laws, uphold justice and reflect the will of the people?
UPDATED: Jon Bon Jovi's Teen Daughter Arrested After Heroin Overdose -- Why She Shouldn't Have Been
Posted on: Nov 15, 2012, Source: AlterNet
New York passed a law protecting 911 callers from prosecution for drug crimes. Apparently, it's not being implemented.
How the NYPD's Ongoing Petty Pot Arrest Crusade Hurts the Black and Latino Community
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Since Mayor Bloomberg became mayor a decade ago, the NYPD has arrested nearly 350,000 young Black and Latino for low-level marijuana possession.
Police Commissioner's Order Was Not Enough: NYPD Continues to Make Thousands of Illegal, Racially Biased Pot Arrests
Posted on: Dec 8, 2011, Source: AlterNet
While arrests have dropped ever so slightly since Police Commissioner Kelly issued his order, the NYPD is still using stop-and-frisk to make thousands of unwarranted pot arrests.
Bi-Partisan Legislation Could Put an End to New York's Costly Marijuana Arrest Crusade
Posted on: May 13, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Pot arrests are highly expensive for the taxpayer, associated racial disparities are ghastly, and just to ice the cake, most of these arrests are the result of illegal searches.
Why Was an Ad Criticizing Mayor Bloomberg for NYC's Marijuana Arrest Policy Censored?
Posted on: May 4, 2010, Source: AlterNet
New York City has the dubious distinction as the marijuana arrest capital of the world. The mayor's office doesn't seem to want to allow attention drawn to it.
False Claims on Rockefeller Drug Law Reform Lead to Credibility Gap for Prosecutors
Posted on: Jan 15, 2010, Source: AlterNet
New report takes down the claims that disaster will result from drug law reform, and that judges are incapable of making sound decisions.
Change We Can Believe in: NY's Rockefeller Drug Law Reform Takes Effect
Posted on: Oct 8, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Jail for drug offenses is no longer mandatory in New York: judges can send people suffering from addiction into a range of programs, such as treatment and mental health services.
Rockefeller Drug Laws Are a Crime
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.
A New Approach to Drugs Would Save New York Hundreds of Millions of Dollars
Posted on: Dec 2, 2008, Source: AlterNet
Let's stop spending over $500 million every year on ineffective and wasteful policies like the Rockefeller Drug Laws.
New York Must Reform Its Racist Drug Laws
Posted on: May 4, 2007, Source: AlterNet
With 91 percent of people incarcerated under New York States' drug laws being black and Latino, it's time for Gov. Eliot Spitzer to make good on his election promise to deliver real reform.
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