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December 15, 2005

New report on NY reform of Rockefeller drug laws

Thanks to this item from the Drug Policy Alliance, I see that the Legal Aid Society has just released an interesting report analyzing the impact and efficacy of New York's partial reform of its Rockefeller Drug Laws last year. The New York Times today has this article discussing the findings of the report.

The Legal Aid Society report, which can be accessed here, is entitled "One Year Later New York's Experience with Drug Law Reform."  The Legal Aid Society has also produced this fact sheet about the New York Drug Law Reform Act of 2004 (DLRA), and that fact sheet includes these assertions:

After One Year

  • Hundreds of people did not get out of prison.
  • The re-sentencing process is much slower than expected.
  • District Attorneys are often fighting re-sentencing and asking for high sentences.
  • The DLRA did not significantly lower the prison population.
  • The State Department of Correctional Services has not expanded drug treatment in prison, as required.

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I'm a former PD, and agree with Legal Aid's conclusions as set forth in the Fact Sheet.

I stated as much over at my blog, Sui Generis (also a Typepad blog), and tried to send a trackback to this post, but apparently Typepad is having problems pinging other Typepad sites today, since I was able to ping all other sites attempted, with the exception of this site.

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