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New York Legislators Don’t Understand Meaning of’Reform’

Some state senators in New York don’t understand the recent reforms of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Instead, they are referring to them as the ‘Drug Dealer Protection Act’.

Of course, this is completely absurd. The reforms simply removed mandatory minimum sentences which limit judicial power. Of course, judges still have the power to sentence people to long, harsh terms in prison – they just also now have the power not to sentence them when they deem it inappropriate. It’s the way most aspects the judicial process work – for some reason, some people like to think drug policy should be treated differently. (Of course, some people also think that drug possession should not be treated as a criminal issue in the first place, but that’s a separate matter).

The Drug Policy Alliance has set up a very quick form through  which you can let New York legislators know that the public opposes reversing these reforms. Full text of the email from gabriel sayegh appears after the jump.

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June 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

Repeal of Rockefeller Drug Laws – Senate Votes Tomorrow

The Drug Policy Alliance just sent an email reminding all New Yorkers that the state legislature votes tomorrow on a repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Contact your legislators and Governor Paterson to ensure that this repeal passes. (The DPA’s automated feature will send your letter to both your state senator and Governor Paterson in one go).

March 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

Rockefeller Drug Laws Dealt a Blow

Today, the New York State Assembly approved a bill that represents an important step towards eventual repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. According to the New York Times, the bill ‘restore[s] judges’ discretion in many lower-level drug-possession crimes that are felonies by eliminating laws that require a prosecutor’s consent before judges can send certain felons to drug treatment instead of prison.’

While a complete overhaul of the Rockefeller laws still requires more work, this is an important step. New York Governor Paterson has already committed himself to overturning the laws.

To get involved in reform of these laws, sign the Drop the Rock petition. You can also print out copies of the petition for others to sign as well.

This reform has received praise from many organizations. In the words of gabriel sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance, ‘The general theme is [that] states are making greater efforts to divert people into treatment programs, and they’re starting to use prison not as a first resort but a secondary or last resort’.

March 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm Leave a comment


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