Eliminating an Unintended Effect of the War on Drugs

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) wrote Assembly Bill 1351 because many immigrants were being punished as a result of their good faith participation in a diversion program for minor drug crimes.  Assemblymember Eggman says AB 1351 will fix an unintended consequences of the war on drugs by allowing for pre-trial diversion, instead of post-plea deferred entry of judgment, for certain nonviolent, misdemeanor offenses. Assemblymember Eggman told the Public Safety Committee as she presented her measure, “This ongoing injustice to new Americans and established immigrant residents should not be tolerated as “collateral damage” in the failed War on Drugs.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Eggman in this Assembly Access video.