The Second Chance Legal Clinic Presents:
The War on Drugs in California
Thursday October 11, 2012 at 12pm
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
1 hour of CLE credit
Discussion Panel Featuring:
George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney
Selena Teji, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Khurshid Khoja, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel
Zoe Polk, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
LCCR is pleased to announce the third event in the Second Chance Legal Clinic's "Policing in Communities of Color Discussion Series," the War on Drugs in California, co-hosted with our pro bono partner, Hanson Bridgett.
Since the War on Drugs began in the 1980s, it has been a controversial federal policy. Though its stated objective was to “get tough on crime” and clean up America’s cities, it has caused a dramatic increase in the number of persons incarcerated and/or under the supervision of the criminal justice system. Moreover, communities of color have continued to experience overrepresentation in arrest and conviction rates that do not reflect rates of drug usage in the United States.
This event will address how the War on Drugs has shaped policing practices in communities of color. Our panelists will discuss:
· Racial profiling in drug arrests and convictions;
· Impact of drug criminalization on low income communities of color; and,
· Need for reform in drug law enforcement.
We hope you’ll join us!