Presented by the Center for New York City Affairs.
According to the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services, 70 percent of the 50,383 arrests for possession of marijuana in New York City in 2010 were of young people under thirty, and 86 percent of those arrested were black and Latino. The debate on the classification of marijuana possession as a crime is heating up nationwide, even as the number of arrests in New York has risen. Many substance abuse professionals, public officials, and community anti-crime activists support a drug enforcement strategy that includes “broken windows” policing and drug treatment. Others question whether this is worth the cost, including the criminal convictions that can damage young people’s prospects for education and jobs. Is it time for change, or not?
Panelists: Dan Donovan, Staten Island District Attorney; Oma S. Holloway, director of career services, The Door - A Center of Alternatives; Noah Kass, LMSW and clinical director, Realization Center, Inc; Jenay Nurse, staff attorney, Bronx Defenders; Gabriel Sayegh, New York State director, Drug Policy Alliance. Moderated by Cindy Rodriguez, WNYC
This event is supported by the Sirus Fund and the Milano Foundation.