Thompson, Randy 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2018
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1US NJ: OPED: State Shouldn't Fund Drug War ExpansionFri, 26 Feb 2016
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ) Author:Thompson, Randy Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:02/26/2016

New Jersey's Fiscal Year 2017 budget should prioritize reversing our state's recent expansion of the failed "War on Drugs" and the intentional use of collective violence on drug using populations. Despite talking points of "reclaiming lives from addiction" and "reducing prison populations" the state has endured a 30 percent increase of drug possession arrests in the last few years.

The current proposed budget calls for $64 million to expand the Drug Court program, an additional $127 million to increase provider rates for substance use treatment and retrofitting Mid-State Prison as a monolithic treatment center.

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2 US NJ: PUB LTE: Stop Funding The War On DrugsTue, 30 Jun 2015
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ) Author:Thompson, Randy Area:New Jersey Lines:49 Added:07/01/2015

The State of New Jersey is funding several reforms in the name of abandoning the failed "war on drugs." These reforms include forcing Drug Court (DC), funding re-entry services and retrofitting jails as treatment centers. There is only one problem; these reforms actually fund the "war on drugs."

The key tenet of the "war on drugs" is criminalizing people who use drugs and stripping rights from them via arrest, incarceration and institutionalization. These "reforms" are all post-arrest, post-incarceration, and leave failed drug criminalization in tact.

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