News Release: Audio of Judge Gray Reception Available Online

Published July 20, 2006

(Chicago, Illinois–July 20, 2006) Judge James P. Gray spoke to supporters of The Heartland Institute about the War on Drugs on July 14, 2006 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel.

The podcast of that reception is now available online on The Heartland Institute blog (

Gray is one of the nation’s most credible opponents of the drug war. He’s witnessed the havoc it creates for communities and families across the country.

“We have been following essentially the same Drug Prohibition policy for many decades,” writes Gray in Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It, “and it has given us the worst of all worlds.” Gray goes on to note, “there may be a few judges in this country who believe our drug policy is working, but they are surely a small minority.”

Gray’s book (available for purchase in Heartland’s online store at is a compelling account of how our public policy with regard to drugs has become misguided and beholden to a “prison-industrial complex.” Gray advocates a common-sense approach to drug policy that includes education, prevention and treatment, positive incentives, and personal responsibility.