Pubdate: Mon, 21 Jul 2003
Source: Leader-Herald, The (NY)
Copyright: 2003 - The Leader Herald
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Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2276
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/find?140 (Rockefeller Drug Laws)
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/people/Gov+Pataki (Governor Pataki)
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/find?199 (Mandatory Minimum Sentencing)

TIME TO CHANGE OLD DRUG LAWS

The so-called Rockefeller-era drug laws, which require long prison 
sentences for possession and sale of small amounts of narcotics in New York 
state, have done little good. The laws fail to provide drug users with 
proper rehabilitation, which is what they need, and the laws clog the court 
and prison systems with defendants.

Reformation of the drug laws is long overdue. Last week, Gov. George Pataki 
proposed a reasonable overhaul of the Rockefeller drug laws. Hopefully, the 
Republicans and Democrats can set aside political bickering and reach an 
agreement on the changes.

If Pataki's proposal were to become law, hundreds of nonviolent offenders 
would be released from prison and thousands of others would have their 
sentences reduced, t