Streams

NY Assembly Mull Repeal of Drug Laws

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The New York Assembly is poised to pass a repeal of the state's drug laws, ending the 36-year-old mandatory sentencing requirements of the Rockefeller Drug laws. While they've gradually been relaxed in the past five years, today's bill would give judges the discretion to sentence nonviolent offenders to rehab, instead of prison. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says it's the cornerstone to the legislation.

SILVER: Achieving meaningful reform of the Rockefeller drug laws requires that we give our trial judges the flexibility to impose sentences that fit the circumstances of the offense.

Law enforcement officials say too much judicial discretion could release drug offenders who should be incarcerated.

The same bill was introduced in the state senate this afternoon by Manhattan Senator Eric Schneidman. Both Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and Governor David Paterson support Rockefeller drug law reforms.

Tags:

More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Sponsored

Latest Newscast

 

 

Support

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public

Feeds

Supported by