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Kassandra Frederique
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Kassandra Frederique is the New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance.

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Supervised Injection Facilities Are Safe Houses, Not Crack Houses

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 12:57 PM

Supervised Injection Facilities (SIFs) have garnered a lot of attention recently, primarily due to advocates, elected officials, and public health experts suggesting them as a viable solution to mitigate the nation's opioid overdose crisis.

SIFs...

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Annual Arrests for Marijuana in NYC Drop From Nearly 51,000 in 2011 to Under 17,000 in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 10:17 AM

According to data just released by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, New York City marijuana arrests in 2015 dropped to under 17,000 for the first time since 1996. The 16,590 arrests for low-level marijuana possession in 2015 is a 42% decline from the 26,386 in 2014...

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Police Killing Shouldn't Derail Successful Alternative-to-Incarceration Programs

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 5:27 PM

The shooting of NYPD Officer Holder is a terrible tragedy. Elected officials and advocates are rightly examining what could have prevented the killing of this celebrated police officer. As we work together to increase public safety for all New Yorkers, let's make sure not to walk back New York's progress...

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We Matter Too: Ending Racist Marijuana Arrests Must Remain Gov. Cuomo's Priority

(11) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:25 PM

This week, news spread nationwide that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will bypass the state legislature to enact a 35 year-old law to bring medical marijuana to suffering New Yorkers.

It is a bold and innovative step that shows the leadership that is needed in New York....

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J. Cole's New Video Asks the U.S. to 'Reconsider Your War on Drugs'

(7) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 2:31 PM

Wednesday, Roc Nation recording artist J. Cole released the video for his new single "Crooked Smile." This powerful video is based on the 2010 murder of Aiyana Jones, a 7-year-old girl killed during a police raid in Detroit. In the video J. Cole plays...

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