US NY: OPED: The State Should Target The Real Drug Kingpins (Letters)
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1 US NY: OPED: The State Should Target The Real Drug KingpinsWed, 26 Jul 2006
Source:Newsday (NY) Author:Papa, Anthony Area:New York Lines:93 Added:07/27/2006

Ashley O'Donoghue is a low-level, nonviolent offender currently serving a 7-to-21-year sentence for the sale of 2 1/2 ounces of cocaine. In September 2003, the Oneida County district attorney claimed that the 20-year-old was a major drug kingpin and needed to face a life sentence under the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

Reacting to a commonly used scare tactic, O'Donoghue agreed to a plea bargain. His A-1 felony, the highest possible felony, was reduced to a B felony. Like magic, O'Donoghue was no longer a kingpin - that is, a drug dealer distributing extraordinarily large quantities.

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2 US NY: PUB LTE: Hard Time Won't Lessen Drug CrimeThu, 03 Aug 2006
Source:Newsday (NY) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:New York Lines:39 Added:08/04/2006

Regarding Anthony Papa's thoughtful article, "The state should target the real drug kingpins" [Opinion, July 26], the much-hyped reform of New York's Rockefeller drug laws is merely a step in the right direction. The incremental changes under way will still put far too many nonviolent drug offenders behind bars. The drug war is not the promoter of family values that some would have us believe.

Children of inmates are at risk of educational failure, joblessness, addiction and delinquency. Not only do the children lose out, but society as a whole does, too. Incarcerating nonviolent drug offenders alongside hardened criminals is the equivalent of providing them with a taxpayer-funded education in criminal behavior.

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