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IT'S TIME TO FREE PRISONERS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS…
Green Party Governor Candidate Howie Hawkins and Attorney General candidate Ramon Jimenez, (along with criminal justice advocates) will discuss the crisis caused by the unjust criminalization of drug use and their plan for clemency for non-violent drug offender, specifically freedom and amnesty for all drug war prisoners currently serving time in prison or on parole for non-violent drug offenses.
The injustices are severely impacting the African American and Latino communities. Blacks and whites use illegal drugs at the same rates, but black men are 11 times more likely than white men to be incarcerated for a drug offense in New York State. 18% of the state population is black, but 68% of the drug admissions to prison are black. 18% of the state population is Latino, but 26% of drug admissions to prison are Latino. African-Americans and Latinos comprise over 94% of the drug offenders in New York State prisons.
It's high time to reform the criminal justice system and to treat drug abuse as a health problem, not a criminal problem.
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