04/26/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Rockefeller Drug Laws In New York To Be Repealed

ALBANY -- Gov. David A. Paterson and New York legislative leaders have reached an agreement to dismantle much of what remains of the state's strict 1970s-era drug laws, once among the toughest in the nation.

Opponents of the so-called Rockefeller drug laws held a rally outside the governor's office in Manhattan on Wednesday.

The deal would repeal many of the mandatory minimum prison sentences now in place for lower-level drug felons, giving judges the authority to send first-time nonviolent offenders to treatment instead of prison.

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