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New York Drug Laws

Albany Leaders -- What About Black New Yorkers?

Rashad Robinson | Posted 08.14.2013 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

The targeting of Blacks and Latinos through biased law enforcement practices has split our state in half -- where the New York you live in depends on factors such as race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status

40 Years Later: Drug Policy in New York After the Rockefeller Drug Laws

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 07.08.2013 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

The very term Rockefeller Drug Laws has practically become a euphemism for unfair, racially biased mandatory prison sentences and drug-war related mass incarceration.

New York Legislators and Community Groups Hold Urgent Rally to Reform State's Broken Marijuana Possession Law

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 05.12.2013 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

In 1977, New York removed criminal penalties for private possession of marijuana and made possession in public view a criminal offense. For years, there were relatively few arrests in New York for possession of marijuana in public view -- 1990 saw about 1,000. By last year, that number had skyrocketed to 45,000.

Rockefeller Drug Laws and Judicial/Prosecutorial Power Struggle

Emily Jane Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emily Jane Goodman

Under existing law, despite the public perception of powerful judges, it is the state, through its prosecutors, and not its judges, that calls the shots on judgment day.