CHA Drug Policies Unfair

photo from the Sun-Times Library

LAF’s own Larry Wood, director of our Housing Practice Group, wrote an Opinion piece for the Chicago Sun Times this week.  You can read the whole piece on the Sun Times’ website here.

He argues that the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) unfairly targets people of color with their drug testing policy.  “The CHA’s mandatory drug-testing policy only exacerbates this problem because it reinforces the erroneous assumption that CHA residents — all of whom are poor, and most of whom are black — use illegal drugs more frequently than other groups,”  Larry points out.

Larry goes on to point out that “it is time to stop relying on policies that are based on such misguided preconceptions. There is no evidence that such policies are effective, and the CHA can reduce drug-related crime without them.”  Way to go, Larry!

 

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