Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

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OSJCL Amici: Views from the Field

End the Rockefeller Drug Laws

After 35 years of filling the state's prisons with drug offenders who needed treatment and disproportionately punishing poor and minority offenders, New York is on the verge of dismantling its infamous Rockefeller drug laws,” states a New York Times editorial on a recent Assembly vote to restore judicial discretion and curtail mandatory sentencing for many nonviolent, low-level drug crimes. “Once the measure becomes law, courts would be able to sentence many addicts to treatment instead of cramming them into prisons where addiction generally goes untreated.”



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