The Drug War: A War on Women and Families

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Wed, 06/23/2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
UAW Building: Taurus
Full Description: 

The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. One-quarter of those prisoners are now women – most of them incarcerated for a low-level drug violation or property crime. Women’s incarceration rates in the US have skyrocketed by nearly 800% since the late 1970s, paralleling the expansion of women’s self-determination and equal participation in civil society. The intergenerational costs to families and communities of this phenomenon cannot be overstated, especially considering that more than three-quarters of women in prison are mothers. This workshop will describe the ways that the drug war targets women and will outline strategies to end the criminalization of women and build healthier families and stronger communities.

Organizer Name: 
Margaret Dooley-Sammuli
Organizer Email: 
msammuli@drugpolicy.org
First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
Drug Policy Alliance
Language(s): 
English
Tracks: 
Strategies for Building Power & Ensuring Community Needs (housing, education, jobs, clean air…)
Endless War: militarization, criminalization and human rights
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