"These laws strip us of reason and judgment. There is a better solution: regulate and tax."
Ken Abraham has experienced the drug war from many angles: as a prosecutor, as a defense attorney, and as a former addict.
From 1974 to 1979, Ken was a deputy attorney general for Delaware with statewide authority and jurisdiction to prosecute all criminal cases. He is a veteran of more than 400 jury and 200 non-jury trials and has handled thousands of cases in every State Court in Delaware.
Later on, as a defense attorney, he represented the first person in the state to be prosecuted under a drug law requiring a mandatory minimum sentence.
Ken is acutely aware of the dangers of drugs as a former cocaine addict who spent five years incarcerated. During his incarceration he learned “as much as any lawyer on the planet” about prisoner civil rights issues and other prison-related issues, becoming an expert on all types of post-conviction litigation.
Having recovered while attending hundreds of NA/AA meetings and conducting extensive research about addiction and related behavioral problems, Ken has seen that punitive drug laws and incarceration only make the problem worse.
“These laws strip us of reason and judgment,” he says. “They endanger officers every day and do nothing to stem the flow of drugs. There is a better solution: regulate and tax.” Ken explains that he could see from his first mandatory-minimum case that the war on drugs would be dysfunctional and only make addiction problems worse. He advocates for a reformed system to legalize and regulate drugs.
Ken is a graduate of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Kenyon College. He lives in Delaware, where after retiring he founded a fast-growing nonprofit called Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE, which runs an Adopt a Prisoner Church Reentry Program and seeks to address the myriad problems plaguing today’s criminal justice system.