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NPR Interviews Dr. Quintana on Drug Legalization 05.25.16
NPR Interviews Dr. Quintana on Drug Legalization

NPR Illinois interviewed Elena Quintana, Ph.D., Executive Director of Adler's Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice on the public health benefits of legalizing drug use and destigmatizing treatment and care.

“It’s a mistake, I think, that we have criminalized drugs...because criminal justice is not designed to treat drug addiction. And it’s also not designed to ameliorate poverty. It doesn’t do either of those things at all. If anything it makes both of those things worse..”

Dr. Quintana is an expert in violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and community organizing. Her research focuses on restorative justice for juvenile offenders as an alternative to incarceration.

Read Governor Likens Drug Policy To Naming State Pie — Here's Why It Matters

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