I am Eric Sterling, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Board Member and President of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. I wrote harsh drug laws in the 1980s and now work to reform them. AMA
I am Eric E. Sterling, member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Board of Trustees and President of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. When I was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary in the 1980s, I had a front-row seat to the buildup of the War on Drugs. I was a principal aide in developing the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 as well as the Anti-Drug Abuse Acts of 1986 and 1988. Some of these laws created mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes as part of the government’s “tough on drugs” and “just say no” approach at the time.
Since 1989, I've been fighting on the front lines to reform these laws through my work at the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and as a board member and adviser to many drug policy reform organizations, including SSDP. I am here to answer any of your questions about the War on Drugs, drug legalization, the US criminal justice system, and more.
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I will be answering questions starting at 6:00pm EST.