Photo Exhibit at New Haven Public Library Exposed Human Rights Abuses of U.S. Drug War

The Human Rights and the Drug War display

Prisoners of the Drug War showed their faces at the New Haven Free Public Library from November 13 to November 26 in a two-week showing of the powerful photo exhibit, Human Rights and the Drug War. The exhibit was free and open to the public.

"Prisons have become our nation's substitute for effective policies on crime, drugs, mental illness, housing, poverty and employment of the hardest to employ." says a report issued by the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation for the Prevention of Violence, a nonprofit research group that grew out of a well known commission created in 1968 by President Johnson.

The incarceration of non-violent people has skyrocketed in the United States since the 1980's. This prison-industrial buildup has been quite profitable for private corrections companies.

Elaine Sabatino, Intern with Efficacy and Connecticut Director, November Coalition addresses the crowd at the first of the New Haven Public Library gatherings. On the panel from left to right is:

  • Nicholas Pastore, Research Fellow in Police Policy, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and former New Haven Chief of Police

  • Prof. Steven Duke, author of "America's Longest War," and Professor of Law, Yale Law School

  • Derby Superior Court Judge Philip E. Mancini, Jr.