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Confronting Racial Injustice Panel: The War on Drugs in Massachusetts: The Racial Impact of the School Zone Law and Other Mandatory Minimum Sentences

In the 1980s, Massachusetts embraced the War on Drugs, enacting harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. It took decades to confront the reality that, in addition to being ineffective and costly, mandatory minimums resulted in the pervasive and disproportionate incarceration of Black and Brown people. Panelists will discuss this troubling history, recent reforms, and the prospects for implementing drug policies that are effective, fair, and just.
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Hon. Sydney Hanlon, Massachusetts Appeals Court

Massachusetts State Senator William N. Brownsberger, Second Suffolk & Middlesex District
Abrigal Forrester, Executive Director, Center for Teen Empowerment
Rahsaan D. Hall ’98, Director of the Racial Justice Program, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
Deborah A. Ramirez, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

This panel is part of a five-part virtual series that will explore historical events in Massachusetts history in order to probe how slavery, racism and their legacies have and continue to influence the criminal justice system.

Wednesday, May 19 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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