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BBA Partner Webinar: The War on Drugs in Massachusetts: The Racial Impact of the School Zone Law and Other Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
- , Boston, MA


In the 1980s, Massachusetts embraced the War on Drugs, enacting harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. It took decades to confront the reality that, in addition to being ineffective and costly, mandatory minimums resulted in the pervasive and disproportionate incarceration of Black and Brown people. Panelists will discuss this troubling history, recent reforms, and the prospects for implementing drug policies that are effective, fair, and just.

You can register online with the Massachusetts Historical Society here.

This program is part of the Confronting Racial Justice Series, developed by the Northeastern University School of Law Criminal Justice Task Force and hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society. The Boston Bar Association is pleased to join with a number of Boston-area organizations to co-sponsor this free series. This series explores how enslavement and white supremacy shaped the history of Massachusetts and how they continue to shape its present.




Chane Vanes


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