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Deborah Peterson Small is the Executive Director and founder of Break the Chains. Before founding Break the Chains, Small was Director of Public Policy for the Drug Policy Alliance where she led a variety of community-based initiatives for progressive drug policy reform. She became an ardent advocate for drug policy reform as she became increasingly aware of the grossly disproportionate number of people of color incarcerated for drug offenses. Committed to addressing this continuing source of racial injustice in poor communities and communities of color, she regularly speaks to the public about issues relating to our government’s failed drug policies. She has had speaking engagements with elected officials, religious and community leaders, and parents. She has also served as Legislative Director for the New York Civil Liberties Union. Small is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the City College of New York and Harvard University School of Law.
“What’s your momentum? I believe in the not too distant future, Americans will talk about drug prohibition the same way we currently do about alcohol prohibition—as a failed experiment, doomed from the start, that took too long to end.”