Saturday, April 01, 2006

Congress mandates college for people with drug convictions


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: **April 1, 2006** CONTACT: Tom Angell, SSDP – 202.293.4414 or

Congress Forces People with Drug Convictions to Attend College

Law that Stripped Aid from 200,000 Students Reversed

WASHINGTON, DC - In a stunning reversal of federal policy, Congress passed a law yesterday that not only repeals the Higher Education Act Aid Elimination Penalty that has denied financial aid to nearly 200,000 students with drug convictions, but actually mandates that people with drug convictions attend college and that the federal government foot the bill.

Frightened by overwhelming public support for a recent lawsuit filed by Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) challenging the constitutionality of the original penalty, members of Congress scurried to quickly pass a law that would win them favor with their constituents in this election year.

“After eight years of hard work and lobbying by students all across the country, we are thrilled that members of Congress have finally realized that people with drug convictions deserve the right to an education just like anyone else,” said Kris Krane, executive director of SSDP. “However, we are surprised and simply overjoyed that Congress felt it important enough to ensure that all students with drug convictions be given a second chance at an education. SSDP would like to thank Rep. Mark Souder for championing this new law. Sometimes politics truly makes for strange bedfellows.”

Rep. Souder (R-IN), the author of the original HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, had a sudden change of heart after a series of articles written by so-called “whiny campus reporters” led to his staff being flooded by calls from constituents demanding he change the law or be voted out of office. “It is clear to me now that college students deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” Souder said in a written statement about the new policy. “This new law will help me atone for ruining so many students futures over the last eight years.”

For more information on the new law, have a HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!!! If you would like to find out more about the real campaign to repeal the HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, please visit

Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a national organization with college and high school chapters, is committed to providing education on harms caused by the War on Drugs, working to involve youth in the political process, and promoting an open, honest, and rational discussion of alternative solutions to our nation's drug problems.

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daksya said...

Dude, you have to be subtle.

Rep. Souder (R-IN), the author of the original HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, had a sudden change of heart

You blew it right there. Souder has a heart??

normlpaula said...

nice one, you had me until the OTT Souder quote. good luck with your lawsuit.

800 pound gorilla said...

Since it costs more to keep someone in prison than college, this could save taxpayers money. Unfortunately, those who are currently in prison couldn't cut it in college. I can just see the minbari radio people speaking out against this type of "affirmative action" for "druggies". It will resonate with their audience and make some kind of sense to people who don't want to think too hard.

cliff said...

I think the ultimate aim of this particular law is to keep the "sub-human" drug user out of college, and it is much like keeping the slaves from reading and learning. Drug users have become a class of people, much like a religion, that is easy for the neocons to single out and punish, because no one will dare stand up for them lest they be cast as one of "them".

Thank you Dare Generation for standing up for those without a voice. You all have been through all the re-education of the DARE program and resisted the lies that the prohibitionists try to brain wash you with. Keep up the great work.

Alex said...

I'm one of those "whiny college reporters". You guys are good, you really had me there.

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