About Jag Davies

Publications manager Jag Davies works with the organization’s development, communications and policy staff to direct the content and production of DPA’s branded materials and organizational literature.

Davies’ professional experience has primarily focused on establishing effective public health and criminal justice policies. Before joining the organization, he served as policy researcher for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Drug Law Reform Project, where he coordinated local, state and federal efforts to end punitive drug policies that cause the widespread violation of constitutional and human rights. Prior to the ACLU, he served as director of communications for MAPS, a nonprofit pharmaceutical company conducting FDA clinical trials aimed at developing psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medicines.

Davies grew up in Miami and received a B.A. from New College of Florida.

Marijuana Wins Big, As Dark Struggles Loom

This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition -- no other reform was approved by so many citizens on so many ballots this year.  Legalization initiatives prevailed in four out of five states, and medical marijuana initiatives prevailed in all four states this year. It's a cognitively dissonant moment for those of us working to end marijuana prohibition and the drug war, as we simultaneously reflect on this wide range of unprecedented victories and face … [Read more...]

Policing For Profit Gone Wild

Above the Law: New DPA Report Finds 'Policing for Profit' Gone Wild Did you know police are allowed to seize and keep your cash, cars, real estate, and any other property – even if you’re never convicted or even charged with a crime?  It’s called civil asset forfeiture – and if it sounds like legalized burglary, that’s because it is. In cities and small towns across the country – Baltimore jumps to mind at the moment – law enforcement has lost the trust of the communities they are supposed … [Read more...]

White House Addesses Broken Drug Courts

View image | gettyimages.com s momentum to scale back the drug war has grown over the past decade, drug courts have spread across the country. While drug courts are often referred to as an “alternative to incarceration,” in practice they merely serve as an adjunct to incarceration – and available research does not support their continued expansion. Most drug courts are no more effective than voluntary treatment; do not demonstrate cost savings, reduced criminal justice involvement, or … [Read more...]

New Pew Poll Reveals Americans Ready for Drug War Ceasefire

A new national survey released today by the Pew Research Center reveals that a broad majority of Americans are ready to significantly reduce the role of the criminal justice system in dealing with people who use drugs. Among the key findings of the report: More than six in ten Americans (63%) say that state governments moving away from mandatory prison terms for drug law violations is a good thing, while just 32% say these policy changes are a bad thing. This is a substantial shift from … [Read more...]