Rockefeller Drug Laws
Monday, December 20, 2010
It's been a year since New York's legislature approved sweeping changes to the strict Rockefeller drug laws, and state officials are offering an upbeat assessment of the reforms. The reform granted judges the discretion to give low-level offenders lighter sentences or send them to rehabilitation.
Friday, March 27, 2009
“Where people are addicted and have committed crimes because of their addiction, we are going to shift our services from punishment to treatment, we are going to eliminate in most cases and severely reduce in other cases, the mandatory minimums that were set by the Rockefeller drug laws.”
The governor further explained the goal to reduce addict recidivism, shown to currently stand at 50 percent. He called the current legal system unjust and ineffective, creating “a revolving door for offenders mired in a cycle of arrest and abuse.”
The new plan to go before the state legislature will shift the sentencing of convicted abusers to new “drug courts” that will oversee their treatment rather than their punishment.