Drugs and Prisons: Is Justice In Jeopardy?
An open town hall meeting with Hugh Downs, Co-anchor, ABC News 20/20
Director, National Criminal Justice Commission
Student, 13 1/2 years in prison under Rockefeller drug laws
Executive Director, DuBois Bunche Center Medgar Evers College
Executive Director, Fortune Society
President, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
Wednesday, May 14th, 7-9 pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street at Central Park West
New York City
Sponsors: Partnership for Responsible Drug Information, (212) 362-1964, & New York Society for Ethical Culture
"As a judge, I am struck by how much of the penalties for drug trafficking are imposed on others than those most culpable....So called 'mules,' often poor people, are conscripted to smuggle or sell drugs by powerful organizations....These people, who have little information to trade to the prosecutors, end up with heavy sentences, while the 'big fish,' if caught at all, are able to work out deals....This is something that goes beyond mere injustice in the inequality of treatment, it is essentially an immoral outcome which tarnishes our entire judicial system."
The Honorable Juan R. Torruella, Chief Judge US Court of Appeals, First Circuit, April, 1997
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