Pubdate: Wed, 02 Apr 2008
Source: Appalachian, The (NC Edu)
Copyright: 2008 Appalachian State University


BOONE - Jerry Cameron will present the talk "America's Criminal Justice
Policy: Addicted to the War on Drugs" April 5 at Appalachian State University.

The program begins at noon in room 011 Old Library Classroom Building.
Parking will be available in the parking deck on College Street.

A 17-year law enforcement veteran, Cameron provides audiences with a
look at the failed "War on Drugs" through the eyes of a front-line
veteran. He has presented to audiences across this country and in
England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Canada.

His activities include meeting with members of Congress, state
legislatures, members of Parliament, as well as law enforcement
officials and researchers around the world.

The former Fernandina Beach, Fla., police chief is a graduate of the
150th Session of the FBI National Academy, the DEA Basic Drug
Enforcement Course, and two DEA Advanced Drug Enforcement Professional

He has been published in The Police Chief, The Florida Police Chief,
and Law & Order magazines. He was a full-time faculty member of the
Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of
North Florida, where he taught drug interdiction, roadside
interrogation techniques, police ethics, and management.

Toward the end of his career, Cameron began to question the efficacy
as well as the morality of the "War on Drugs." When he began doing
serious research on the subject, he concluded that the "War on Drugs"
was a total failure and had caused tremendous damage to the country.

Cameron speaks out against decades of failed policy and encourages the
"re-legalization" of drugs. He believes that this approach is the only
way to decrease the amount of drugs falling into the hands of
children, to make room for violent offenders to serve their full terms
in prisons, and to return law enforcement to its legitimate function
of protecting citizens.
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