Drug Policy Alliance

DPA Network is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs. We envision new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights and a just society in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.

Releases by this organization

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Thursday, August 06, 2020
Drug Policy Alliance Proposes Federal All-Drug Decriminalization, Releases New Legislative Framework
Today, leading up to the 50 th anniversary of Congress’ enactment of the Controlled Substances Act in October 2020 -- which authorized and launched the harsh drug war policies sought by the Nixon Administration -- the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) released a new federal legislative proposal...
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Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Congress Must Lift Lifetime Felony Drug Ban on SNAP and TANF During COVID-19 Pandemic
In response to the introduction of the Removing Barriers to Basic Needs Act of 2020 (H.R. 7196)--legislation that would lift a lifetime federal ban on individuals with felony drug convictions from receiving SNAP and TANF assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic--by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and co-...
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020
“HEALS Act” Fails to Address the Plight of Incarcerated People, Countering Efforts to Eradicate the Virus
In response to Senate Republicans unveiling their one trillion dollar stimulus package, the “HEALS Act” - which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said will likely represent lawmakers’ last major legislative response to the pandemic – Maritza Perez , Director of the Office of National...
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Friday, July 10, 2020
Drug Policy Action Statement on Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations
In response to the criminal justice reform recommendations released Wednesday by the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force, Maritza Perez , Director of National Affairs for Drug Policy Action issued the following statement: “We commend the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force’s recommendations to abolish the...
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Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Elevating the Conversation Around COVID-19 & Drug Policy
Today, the Drug Policy Alliance announced the latest in their COVID-19 Webinar Series, exploring the intersection of drug policy and COVID-19. While the initial four webinars focused on areas that DPA is already known for—decarceration, re-entry, and improving substance use disorder treatment and...
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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Killing of Carlos Ingraham Lopez by Police When Responding to "Disorderly Conduct" Call Involving Drug Use
In response to body cam footage released Wednesday of the April 2020 police killing of Carlos Ingraham Lopez in Tucson, Arizona – after they responded to an incident involving drug intoxication – Kassandra Frederique , Managing Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns and Incoming Executive...
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
New Brief Finds NYPD Enforcement of Low-Level Broken Windows Offenses Accounts for Huge Department Expenditures, is Marked by Extreme Racial Disparities
New York City criminalizes drugs and low-level broken windows offenses at a startling rate, with enforcement in these areas accounting for a vast proportion of the NYPD’s policing activities and the city’s budget, according to a new brief from Drug Policy Alliance. DPA released the brief in support...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Tim Scott Senate Police Bill
In response to Senate Republicans introducing their own police “reform” bill, the JUSTICE Act, Maritza Perez , Director of the Office of National Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), released the following statement: “To call this bill a ‘police reform’ is disingenuous. What we have here are...
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Tuesday, June 09, 2020
DPA Urges Congress to Strengthen Police Reform Bill
In response to the introduction of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 by Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA), Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), a bill calling for law enforcement reform, Maritza Perez ,...
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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Congress Votes in Favor of Extending DEA Ban on Fentanyl-Related Substances, a Slippery Slope Towards Repeating Harms of the Past
In response to today’s vote in the House to pass a Senate-approved bill that would temporarily extend the DEA’s “class-wide” emergency scheduling of fentanyl-related substances and expose more people to harsh mandatory minimum sentences, Maritza Perez, Director of the Office of National Affairs for...
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