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Margaret Dooley-Sammuli

Margaret Dooley-Sammuli

ACLU of California
Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Director
San Diego, CA, USA


Margaret Dooley-Sammuli is the ACLU of California Director of Criminal Justice and Drug Policy. Based in San Diego, she leads the ACLU’s many criminal justice and drug policy campaigns in California – including protecting the significant reforms embedded in Proposition 47 and leveraging the Affordable Care Act to advance a public health approach to drug policy. She has a decade of experience working on criminal justice and drug policy reform in California, including spearheading historic campaigns to revise the state’s drug possession penalties (SB 1506 & SB 649). Dooley-Sammuli is co-author of the ACLU’s Affordable Care Act: A Primer for Advocates, a guide to leveraging the Affordable Care Act to expand access to healthcare and to reduce incarceration, as well as Public Safety Realignment: California at a Crossroads, the first in-depth look at California’s historic shift of responsibility for low-level felony offenses from state to county authority.

Before joining the ACLU, Dooley-Sammuli was deputy state director with the Drug Policy Alliance, where she led the organization’s criminal justice advocacy in California and co-authored Drug Courts are Not the Answer: Toward a Public-Health Approach to Drug Use, a critical analysis of drug courts and evidence-based alternatives. While at Drug Policy Alliance, she served as deputy campaign manager for California statewide ballot measure Proposition 5 (the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act) in 2008. In her previous career, she was an editor based in Shanghai, China with The Economist Intelligence Unit.

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