During his 29-year career in the legal and judicial community, Jim James Gray has donated hundreds of hours of volunteer work. He also has created and implemented a number of innovative programs.
Judge James Gray is an outspoken advocate for reform of California and federal drug laws. His the author of a 2001 book, ‘Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed’. It was featured in the documentary; ‘American Drug War: The Last White Hope’. He is one of the principal sponsors of a 2012 California ballot initiative. That was written to regulate cannabis production and consumption similarly to wine. He is also the author of ‘Wearing the Robe: The Art and Responsibilities of Judging in Today’s Courts’. He also wrote ‘A Voter’s Handbook: Effective Solutions to America’s Problems’. He is the author/composer of the musical; ‘Americans All’. In 2009, the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange Country named its annual ‘Judge of the Year’ award after him.
“Mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses are the prime reason that the U.S. prison population has ballooned since the 1980s to over 2.5 million people, a nearly 300% increase. We now lock up one out of every hundred adults, far more than any other country.” ― Piper Kerman