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In 1977, New York State decriminalized possession of personal use amounts of marijuana. Nonetheless, researchers report that New York City is now the national leader in detaining individuals for possession of personal use amounts of marijuana.

Beginning with the advent of quality of life policing, the New York City Police Department dramatically increased the number of arrests for marijuana possession: from 1997 to 2006, the department arrested 362,000 people for possessing marijuana; in 2006 alone, it arrested 33,000 people for marijuana possession. The department also commonly holds marijuana possession arrestees in detention for up to 24 hours pending arraignment.

Published research indicates that the marijuana possession arrests are not in central business districts, and that the police primarily make the arrests in black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

Join us for a discussion of the costs and benefits of New York City's marijuana possession arrest policy.

John H. McWhorter
Senior fellow, The Manhattan Institute; Columnist, New York Sun

John A. Eterno, Ph.D.
Chairperson and graduate program director, Department of Criminal Justice, Molloy College; managing editor, Police Practice and Research; NYPD captain (Ret.)

Bruce D. Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Special Populations Research, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.

Harry G. Levine, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Edward D. McCarthy, JD
Criminal Defense Division, Legal Aid Society of New York

Co-sponsored by the Corrections Committee

Official Website: http://www.mpp.org/states/new-york/alerts/event-april-30-new-york-city.html

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