Michelle Alexander, author of the bestseller The New Jim Crow, will speak on a plenary about the war on drugs, mass incarceration and criminal justice.
2015 Reform Conference Highlights
More than 1,500 drug policy reformers went to Washington D.C. to advocate for an exit strategy from the war on drugs. The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) produced a short video featuring the best moments of the conference.
Awards for Achievement in Drug Policy Reform
The Dr. Andrew Weil Award for Achievement in the Field of Drug Education
Awarded To: Charles Ries, founder and director of leading drug education programs for teenagers, UpFront Programs and the Oakland High School Student Assistance Program, and Jerome E. Beck, researcher and educator, and consultant at Comprehensive Drug Education Consultants.
The H.B. Spear Award for Achievement in the Field of Control and Enforcement
Awarded to: Neill Franklin, Executive director of Law enforcement Against Prohibition, an international nonprofit organization of law enforcement professionals and civilian supporters who want to end the War on Drugs.
The Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship
Awarded to: Robin Room, director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
The Norman E. Zinberg Award for Achievement in the Field of Medicine
Awarded to: Dan Bigg, one of the founders and current Director of the Chicago Recovery alliance, a group that conducts drug-related harm reduction outreach and helps develop the practice of harm reduction around the world.
The Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of Journalism
Awarded to: Eugene Jarecki, acclaimed documentarian behind the film, The House I Live In.
The Robert C. Randall Award for Achievement in the Field of Citizen Action
Awarded to: Gretchen Burns Bergman, Executive Director and Co-Founder of A New PATH, an organization that works to reduce stigma associated with addiction, and advocates for therapeutic drug policy over punitive drug policy, and VOCAL-NY, a grassroots membership organization that has helped reduce New York’s unconstitutional and racially-biased marijuana arrests, raised awareness about overdose prevention, restored the rights of formerly incarcerated people and provided voices to those most impacted and stigmatized by the war on drugs.
The Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform
Awarded to: Ira Glasser, the former director of the American Civil Liberties Union and current Board president of the Drug Policy Alliance talks about the unstoppable train of drug policy reform.
The Kurt Schmoke Award for Achievement in the Field of Law (formerly the Justice Gerald LeDain Award)
Awarded to: Mark Golding, Jamaican Justice Minister who played a pivotal role in Jamaica’s sweeping marijuana reforms, which included decriminalization of possession for personal use as well as for religious, scientific and medical purposes.