We have several ongoing projects
this semester, including:
Planning a conference with the North American
Congress on Latin America March 23-24th. The title is Widening Destruction:
Teach-In on Columbia and the U.S. Drug War. You may check out
the tentative list of speakers and pre-register at www.nacla.org.
Working to raise awareness of a the Higher Education Act, 20
U.S.C. 1091(r), which denies federal funding to students convicted
of possession or sale of a controlled substance.
Designing a project to provide pro-bono assistance to prisoners of the
War on Drugs.
On a more general level, FEHDP's
current (and flexible) agenda includes:
Federal and local legislative and regulatory reform.
Reform the New York "Rockefeller Drug Laws," the mandatory minimum sentencing
of first-time non-violent drug offenders without parole for 15 years to
On average, non-violent drug offenders spend more time in prison than those
convicted of rape, child-abuse, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft,
and in some cases, murder.
The Chief Justice of New York, Hon. Judith Kaye, openly supports FEHDP
with respect to this reform. In a letter to FEHDP's President she stated:
"I truly believe the time is right in New York State to achieve the long-needed
reform (of the Rockefeller Drug Laws)." -March 3, 1999.
The reduction of racial disparities in drug sentencing.
Only 11% of the nation's drug users are Black, however, Blacks constitute
37% of those arrested for drug violations, over 42% of those in federal
prisons for drug violations, and almost 60% of those in state prisons for
The evaluation and dissemination of honest and responsible drug policy
and substance abuse information to the Law School community, greater New
York, and the general public.