On Thursday, April 26th, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) and Open Society Foundations (OSF) hosted Dave Ungrady, author of Born Ready: The Mixed Legacy of Len Bias, and Gregory Jordan, author of Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home, for a conversation moderated by Darryl Fears, reporter for the Washington Post, about the unsuccessful "War on Drugs." OSF's Christopher Scott and ACS's Caroline Fredrickson introduced the panel. The discussion around these books centered on how no one, not even our most celebrated professional athletes, can win in this nation’s "War on Drugs." Drug and sentencing policies, which have resulted in the world’s highest incarceration rate and the substantial disenfranchisement of certain populations, have failed us all.
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law.