Voices from the Edge on 06/05/08

Air date: 
Thu, 06/05/2008 - 7:30am - 9:00am

Is Portland running a stealth drug-free zone program?

Last September the city council allowed the drug-free zone program to lapse
when it was found that African Americans were more likely to be excluded than
white Portlanders. A new effort the police and social services, however, seems
to be going down the same path, aided by over $800,000 secured by Commissioner
Randy Leonard last fall and the promise of another $1.3 million this year. Jo
Ann and Dave will talk with Chris O'Connor, an attorney with Metropolitan Public
Defender, about his and other's concerns over the new role the city envisions
for the Service Coordination Team and the Neighborhood Livability Crime
Enforcement Program.



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