The killing of George Floyd has dominated headlines and led to accelerated calls for police reform. At this webinar, Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy, discussed how the War on Drugs has contributed to police violence by normalizing aggressive tactics and increasing the frequency of interactions between citizens and police that have the potential to turn hostile or violent. Harris discussed how ending the War on Drugs is one of the many steps necessary to address systemic racism in the criminal justice system. Zeinab Bakhiet, a research project manager for the Center for Health and Biosciences, moderated the discussion.
This webinar, sponsored by the Baker Institute Drug Policy program, was the first of a series of discussions about the criminal justice system, racial equity and public health, offered in collaboration with the Center for Health and Biosciences. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter, and join the conversation with #BakerDrugPolicy.
1:00 p.m. — Presentation
1:30 p.m. — Q&A
Katharine Neill Harris, Ph.D., is the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Her current research focuses on the availability of drug treatment for at-risk populations, the opioid epidemic, and the legalization of medical and adult-use cannabis. She supports policy reforms that treat drug use as a public health issue, such as alternatives to incarceration for drug offenders, needle-exchange programs, safe-consumption sites, drug testing services, expanded access to medication-assisted treatments, and greater integration of substance use and mental health services with each other and with other areas of medical service. Neill Harris received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from George Mason University. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University before going on to complete her Ph.D. in public administration and urban policy.
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