Drug Policy Forum of Texas
DPFT’s goal is to promote open debate and discussion about how to have a more effective, less costly drug policy. We have outstanding speakers across Texas who help us do this.
|From the Southeast Texas area:|
|Jerry Epstein holds degrees from Rice University and the University of Houston . He served as an officer in the US Marines Corps. He is a businessman and writer who has extensively researched drug policy options. In 1995 he joined with Dr. Alan Robison, the retired Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston to form the Drug Policy Forum of Texas to promote discussion of scientific information about drugs and effective alternatives to a failed drug war. He is the current President of the Forum and is also a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.|
William Martin serves as the Chavanne Senior Fellow for Religion and Public Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice. Dr. Martin's recent research and writing have focused in two areas: 1) religious fundamentalism and its impact in the political arena; and 2) issues related to drugs, with particular emphasis on ways to reduce the harms associated with drug abuse and drug policy. He has organized and chaired a series of programs at conferences at the Baker Institute dealing with these issues. These can be accessed through the Baker Institute website at http://bakerinstitute.org/.
Carl Veley is a retired petroleum engineer and management consultant. He has traveled extensively in five continents and lived several years in various Middle Eastern, European and Asian countries. His children attended American schools in Iran, Austria, England, and France, and he has observed a spectrum of drug control policies ranging from unrestricted distribution to total prohibition. He was an invited speaker at the New Mexico Governor’s Conference on Drug Policy. He was previously Operations Manager for the Drug Policy Forum of Texas. Local newspapers as well as national ones, including the Wall Street Journal, have published some of his numerous essays on drug policy issues. Carl is a past president of DPFT.
|From the Central Texas area:|
John Delaney was educated at Princeton University and the University of Texas School of Law. He was a U. S. Navy officer during the Vietnam War era. He practiced law in Bryan for eleven years before being elected to the 272nd District Court in Brazos County where he served until his retirement in 2000. John now practices mediation of civil and family cases while serving as a substitute judge and as judge of the Child Protective Services Court of Brazos County. John is a member of the Rotary Club of Bryan, District Chair for Group Study Exchange, an instructor in Medical Ethics at the Texas A & M School of Medicine and an adult Sunday school teacher at First Methodist Church of Bryan.
|Michael J. Gilbert, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He teaches a course titled “Drugs, Drug Laws and Crime.” Before joining the university faculty, Dr. Gilbert had over 20 years of experience in corrections and criminal justice. Working with offenders and justice system officials he became aware of the adverse consequences of the “war on drugs”. He began to question the validity, morality, and practicality of drug prohibition. The more he studied the problem the less prohibition made sense. Mike also represents Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, www.leap.cc|
|Russell Jones worked in professions related to illegal drugs for over 49 years. As chronicled in his book Honorable Intentions, he has been a narcotics detective in San Jose, California, a Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer, an observer in Latin America during the Nicaraguan Contra conflict, and a consultant in the former Soviet Union and China. Russell holds a Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of San Francisco, has conducted studies of the impact of drug abuse on crime, and has written and taught drug rehabilitation courses for court mandated clients. He has been recognized as an expert in the psychological and physiological effects of drugs by both state and federal courts. Russell also represents Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, www.leap.cc.|
|Diana M. DiNitto is the Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. She is also an affiliate faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies and the American Studies Department. She previously worked in the substance abuse treatment programs at Apalachee Community Mental Health Services in Tallahassee, Florida, and was a faculty member at the Florida State University School of Social Work. Her research and teaching interests are in social welfare policy, alcohol and drug problems, and violence against women.|
|From the North Texas area:|
|Terry Nelson's career included service in the U.S. Border Patrol, the U.S. Customs Service, and the Department of Homeland Security. He carried out counter-narcotics missions in Mexico, Central America, and South America. His work was exemplary. He even received special Congressional recognition. "As the 'War on Drugs' went on and on, he says, I never saw any visible progress….We must remove the criminal element from the drug trade, because it is destroying our society and crippling governments to the south of us. We must change the rules to win the real war." Terry also represents Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, www.leap.cc.|
|Suzanne Wills is a retired CPA. She graduated from SMU and had her own practice in east Dallas for 16 years. She is a board member and treasurer of DPFT and Drug Policy Chair of the League of Women Voters of Dallas. Her talk is entitled “Drug War: How We Got Into This Mess and the Special Interests That Keep Us Here.” It is accompanied with a Power Point slide show. It can be presented in from 18 to 45 minutes or as two separate talks.|
Contact Suzanne Wills to schedule a speaker for your group.
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