To slow the spread of the COVID-19, some communities considered temporary changes in policing practices, criminal courts, jail systems, and community supervision. While some localities modestly reduced arrests and released some incarcerated individuals, many emergency decarceration efforts have fallen short and drug arrests have widely persisted. Join us as we discuss how common policing strategies may exacerbate the public health risks of the epidemic, how the crisis could lead to increased use of surveillance technologies, and how ending drug war policing and surveillance could enhance public health and safety.
Moderator: Grey Gardner, Drug Policy Alliance
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, Portland City Council
David Maass, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Tristia Bauman, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Angel Diaz, Brennan Center for Justice
Jawanza Williams, VOCAL-NY
Will Miller Jr., BMORE Power