Safe Streets Alliance

Group opposed to legal marijuana plans to sue Colorado and industry participants

Now, Safe Streets Alliance, an anti-crime group led by a Reagan-administration veteran, is bringing forward two more suits in federal court. Safe Streets Chairman James Wootton, who according to his Web site biography served in in the Reagan Justice Department, had already thrown his support behind the Oklahoma and Nebraska lawsuit this month…

Under comments:
Frank Long 10:58 AM MST
I went to the web site for the “Safe Street Alliance”. On their front page they had a link to the following:  “Survey: Teen marijuana use declines even as states legalize” Does anyone see the irony here?
Safe Streets Alliance is a District of Columbia Corporation filed on August 9, 1982. The company’s filing status is listed as Revoked and its File Number is 823684.

The Registered Agent on file for this company is Alan P. Dye and is located at 1747 Pa. Ave., N.w. Washington, District Of Columbia 20006-0000.

All trademarks indicate “cancelled.”

(Undated) WASHINGTON – Alan P. Dye, legal counsel to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)…

(2007) Attorneys Alan P. Dye and Bruce Fein Join Congressman Paul’s Presidential Exploratory Committee…

From PDF file:

A Human Capital Perspective on Criminal Careers, Journal of Applied Business Research, Volume 11, Number 3 (9/26/2011)

21. Wootton, James, “Truth in Sentencing,” published by the Safe Streets Alliance in Washington, District of Columbia, 1993.

Indeed, prisons and jails have lost their purpose of being a place where a convict expresses “penitence.” We derive our word “penitentiary” from this purpose. Instead, modern prisons foster a sense of impunity. Statistically, convicts serve only a fraction of their sentences. According to James Wootton of the Safe Streets Alliance, “Judges pretend that defendants will get long sentences, and they get out of the back door.”

_Road_To_Civil_Justice_Reform.pdf (May 2004)

About the Author

Before this appointment, Mr. Wootton was president of two related non-profit corporations that he formed in 1992. The Safe Streets Alliance, a public charity dedicated to education about crime and creating youth leadership opportunities, and the Safe Streets Coalition, a public advocacy group with over 130,000 members. As president of Safe Streets, Mr. Wootton was principal drafter and advocate for the truth-in-sentencing provisions of the 1994 Crime Bill, which authorized over $5.7 billion for prison construction in the states. Articles by Mr. Wootton have appeared in Newsweek magazine and newspapers across the country. In addition, he has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, C-Span, CNN, ESPN, CNBC, Newstalk, The Phil Donahue Show, The Jesse Jackson Show, Court-TV, Fox Morning News, Dateline NBC, and numerous radio talk shows. Mr. Wootton authored two backgrounders for the Heritage Foundation on truth-in-sentencing and juvenile crime and edited the book Freed to Kill.

by Thomas A. Gottschalk
Executive Vice-President & General Counsel
General Motors Corporation

… Certainly, the interests of the larger society are not being represented by the personal injury attorneys who in the last decade walked away with literally billions of dollars in multi-year fee awards for representing individual states in lawsuits against tobacco manufacturers…

Click to access GettingToughOnCrime.pdf


For many years a powerful, highly-organized network of right-ward leaning policy groups (Heritage, ALEC, NCPA, and the NRA) had worked to promote a broad program of deeply conservative criminal justice reforms… (Page 27)

Ah, it looks like the prison industrial complex has reignited “Safe Streets Alliance” to fight cannabis legalization.  Hey, Kolodny with PFROP began his work treating addiction in the prison population in New York… coincidence?

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