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Alison Holcomb

ACLU
National Director, Fair Justice Campaign

Alison Holcomb is the National Director for the ACLU’s Fair Justice Campaign.  Previously, she worked for the ACLU of Washington State where she drafted marijuana legalization Initiative 502 and served as campaign director for New Approach Washington, the committee that secured I-502’s passage by a 56-44 percent margin.  Prior to the I-502 campaign, Alison’s work included successfully advocating for legislative and regulatory improvements to Washington’s medical marijuana law, adoption of the second 911 Good Samaritan overdose prevention law in the nation, and creation of Seattle and King County’s groundbreaking Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program that has reframed police thinking about drug use, prostitution, and public safety.  She also served on the Seattle City Council’s Marijuana Policy Review Panel, examining the impacts of implementation of the city’s “lowest law enforcement priority” Initiative 75 (passed by voters in 2003), and the Council’s Jail Capacity Study Advisory Group, assisting with the assessment of whether the city’s need for jail beds could be reduced by relying less on jail time and more on treatment-focused approaches to both misdemeanor and felony lower-level drug offenders.  Prior to joining the ACLU of Washington in 2006, Alison litigated drug, civil asset forfeiture, and civil rights cases in state and federal court for more than a decade.  She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.