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The Exile Nation Project: Eric Sterling on "The Crimes of American History"

In this excerpt from his extended Exile Nation Project interview, Eric Sterling, former US Congressional lawyer and President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, talks about the racism inherent in American drug laws since their early inception in the 1800s.
Charles Shaw
27 April 2011

The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America’s criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of "out of sight, out of mind."

In the following excerpt from his extended Exile Nation Project interview entitled, "The Crimes of American History," Eric Sterling, a former Congressional lawyer and President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, talks about the racism inherent in American drug laws since their early inception in the 1800s.

Excerpt: "The Crimes of American History"

Eric Sterling's interview is the first of 100 in The Exile Nation Project's archive. You can view the entire two hour interview here below or on ExileNation.org.

Complete Interview.

 
ABOUT ERIC STERLING

Since 1989, Eric Sterling has been the President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, a private non-profit educational organization that helps educate the nation about criminal justice problems. 

STERLING was Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 until 1989. He was responsible for drug enforcement, gun control, money laundering, organized crime, pornography, terrorism, corrections, and military assistance to law enforcement. He was a principal aide in developing the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, the Anti-Drug Abuse Acts of 1986 and 1988, and other laws. He has traveled to South America, Europe and many parts of the United States to examine the crime and drug problems first hand. Sterling helped found FAMM -- Families Against Mandatory Minimums, in 1991, FEAR -- Forfeiture Endangers American Rights, in 1993, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) in 1995, and the Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative. He also serves on the board of the Partnership for Responsible Drug Information, Inc., Students for Sensible Drug Policy Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), DrugSense, Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet), Flex Your Rights Foundation, and Sex Workers Outreach Project.

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