NY State Passes Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

New York State has some of the most draconian drug laws in the nation, known as the Rockefeller laws. Last night after more than 5 hours of debate in the State Senate, the reform legislation passed. It had already made its way through the State Assembly, and Governor Paterson is expected to be fully on board with putting this into action. This legislation will put discretion back into the hands of our judges, and remove the mandatory sentences. It will also allow drug treatment programs to be used as an alternative to prison. Here is a video of the reform legislation’s sponsor, Eric Schneiderman, explaining why this is so important:

State Senator Eric Schneiderman on Rockefeller Drug Law Reform from Michael Meade on Vimeo.

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One Response to NY State Passes Rockefeller Drug Law Reform

  1. I.M. Hopeful says:

    Here! Here! It’s about time!!

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