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Virtual Book Talk: Manifesting Justice with Professor Valena Beety
June 15, 2022 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Hosted by Drug Policy Alliance
In her book “Manifesting Justice: Wrongly Convicted Women Reclaim Their Rights,” author Valena Beety discusses how twenty years ago, her client Leigh was wrongly convicted of a crime that never happened – because of homophobia and stigma against drug use. Leigh and her co-defendant Tami were recently released from a treatment program and trying to save their overdosing friend, but calling 9-1-1 simply led to their own arrests. Their case shows how criminalization disrupts a health approach, how prosecutors in their discretion can criminalize or de-criminalize drug offenses, and how stigma and punishment disproportionately impact marginalized individuals.
The event is free, but donations to the Drug Policy Alliance are appreciated. You will receive a zoom link to the event after registering.