From Punishment to Wellness: A Public Health Approach to Women and the War on Drugs


Add to My Calendar Monday, May 20, 2013


Please join the Center for Constitutional Rights at an important event and day-long conference on May 20th featuring CCR Director of Education and Outreach Annette Warren Dickerson.

More than a failure, the war on drugs has swollen the prison population, left millions of people with criminal records and has damaged communities. This day-long conference organized by formerly incarcerated women, policy experts and community activists will offer practical examples of public health alternatives.

The conference will examine how to address fundamental social issues-including race, gender and class inequities-by viewing individuals within the context of commities. Discussion will be organized around prevention, treatment, harm reduction and safety. Participants will focus on what works, what is just, and what can reverse the crisis of incarceration and mass criminalization, particularly relative to women.

What: From Punishment to Wellness: A Public Health Approach to Women and the War on Drugs conference
Where: New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Avenue (at 103rd st)
When: Monday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
RSVP: RSVP required; please click here for free registration


  • Dr. Kathy Boudin, Director of Criminal Justice Initiative
  • Rev. Vivian Nixon, Director of College and Community Fellowship
  • Laura Whitehorn, Formerly incarcerated HIV/AIDS educator
  • Dr. Ernest Drucker, Author of "A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America"
  • Moderated by Glenn Martin, VP of Development and Public Affairs and Director of David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society

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May 13, 2013