Rockefeller Drug Laws

Community Forum
4:20 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Tonight In Albany: THE CORRECTION

A former inmate and a former corrections worker will get together tonight in Albany to talk about their shared experience behind bars.   In 1973, New York Legislators enacted statutes that created mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years to life for possession of four ounces of narcotics—a comparable sentence to second-degree murder.  Those statutes became known as the Rockefeller Drug Laws and they prompted an unprecedented expansion of New York’s courts and prison system. Rockefeller’s hard-line approach set the tone for the nation’s “war on drugs.”

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New York News
12:10 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Blueprint Report Addresses NY Drug Policy

A new report offers recommendations that its authors believe could make New York a national model by shifting drug policy from a criminalization-based to a public health-based approach.

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