• Description

Thanks to the work of concerned policymakers and reform advocates across the country, public discussions have been sparked in many states about the fairness and efficacy of drug-free zone laws. This report is designed to inform those discussions by reviewing empirical findings, primarily from three states -- Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut -- where enough information is available to answer key questions. The report also documents efforts by policymakers and advocates in a few other states -- Illinois, Utah, and Washington -- to challenge long-held assumptions that drug-free zone laws are protecting children and enhancing public safety.