Administration of Justice, Sen. Webb to Host Drugs Symposium

Posted: October 13, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Mason’s Administration of Justice Department (ADJ) and U.S. Sen. Jim Webb’s Virginia office will present a symposium, “Drugs in America: Trafficking, Policy and Sentencing.”

The symposium will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Arlington Campus in Hazel Hall (a continental breakfast is available at 8 a.m.). The event is free and open to the public, but a reservation is requested by contacting Kate Zinsser at 703-993-9699 or

Three, one-hour panel discussions featuring a number of experts in the field will address the following:

  • How do drugs get to the United States and how are they distributed to users?
  • Combating drug crime: law enforcement practices pertaining to drug usage and drug-related crimes
  • What’s happening to users? Punitive versus public health responses to drug abuse

Among the panelists are two Mason ADJ professors: Faye Taxman, one of the renowned drug treatment and corrections criminologists in the tri-state area, who will report on policy paradigm shifts relying on cost-effective strategies; and Cynthia Lum, deputy director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, who will discuss effective strategies against street-level drug markets.

Other panelists include representatives from The Washington Post, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Sentencing Project and the National African American Drug Policy Coalition.

Webb, who has hosted two Senate hearings since entering Congress in 2007 on the causes of America’s mass incarceration rate, will moderate the panel discussions.

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