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Rockefeller Drug Laws

Bridget Brennan Drug Bust: Columbia Students, Not Colombian Kingpins

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

While the "Ivy League" bust is generating a wave of press and the prosecutor is loving her 15 minutes of fame on national TV, the reality is that these busts are all hype and PR.

Gov. Barbour Must Free Scott Sisters Serving Life for 11 Dollar Robbery

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

For those like the Scott sisters who have fallen through the cracks of the cruel criminal justice system, their only hope to regain their freedom is through public pressure on elected officials.

Voters Care About Drug Policies, Not Past Drug Use

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

There's a change occurring in American politics: Candidates are being more open about past drug use -- and not just marijuana.

Correcting the Counts, NY State to Count Prisoners in Home Disrticts

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

The New York State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would correct a long-standing distortion of democracy: the inclusion of prisoners in the population counts of state and local districts.

The Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollar Joint

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

In this time of economic crisis in New York State, when politicians are looking for solutions to reduce the budget deficit, they need look no further than the state's correctional system.

Gov. Paterson: Build On Your Rockefeller Reform Legacy and Shut Down Empty Prisons

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

Before he leaves office the governor needs to clean up New York's incarceration system and shut down its near-empty prisons.

David Paterson Does the Right Thing and Drops the Rock

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

Having felt the sting of the Rockefeller laws firsthand -- serving 12 years under a 15-years-to-life sentence -- I understand the full meaning of the reforms that went into effect today.

Senator Chuck Schumer Running Scared Says Candidate Randy Credico

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

Stop the presses! Political comedian-turned-activist-turned-candidate for Senate Randy Credico has resigned his position at the Kunstler Fund to devote himself full-time to defeating Schumer.

Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms Charge Ahead

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

The dismantling of the Rockefeller Drug Laws is picking up steam. The New York State Assembly held a key hearing to press forward with implementation of the reforms.

Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms Go Into Effect

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

For all the (fair) criticism of Albany's dysfunction, our state government did get something right this year. The drug law reforms go into effect today.

Obama and Paterson Get Love For Recent Drug Policy Reforms

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tony Newman

For as long as I can remember, the conventional political wisdom had been that elected officials, especially Democrats, can't touch drug policy reform with a ten foot pole.

2009 Marked The Beginning Of The End Of Failed Drug War: Top 10 Stories Of The Year

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

2009 will go down as the beginning of the end of the United States drug war. There was more debate and movement toward sensible drug policies this year than in the last nine years combined.

What I Want For Christmas: Mass Clemency

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

A mass, collective pardon of nonviolent offenders would reunite hundreds of thousands of families, save billions of dollars in incarceration costs, and might foster a national spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Make Them Work for a Living

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

It's time to be really tough on criminals. Let's make it so they have to get a job when they get out of jail -- so they can suffer like the rest of us.

The Rare Political Party That Is a Movement

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Sirota

Despite flying under the radar, the Working Families Party is perhaps today's most encouraging model for achieving progressive results over the long haul.

Being Tough on Crime: Not a Winner in New York City DA's Race

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

If Cy Vance adopts a balanced approach to justice that incorporates compassion, he will go a long way. As for Judge Snyder, I bid her farewell and I wish her ride on a slow boat to China is a good one.

Leslie Crocker Snyder Exposed

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

Here is a powerful and poignant video of Terrance Stevens slamming Leslie Crocker Snyder, who is running for Manhattan District Attorney.

Leslie Crocker Snyder Should Not Be NYC's Next District Attorney

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

Crocker was a "hang em' high" judge who was infamous for handing out stiff drug sentences under the Rockefeller Drug Laws. I served a 15 to life sentence under those laws.

Candidates Drug Use Not A Deal Breaker, But Hypocrisy On Issue Should Be!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tony Newman

We have two candidates running for District Attorney of Manhattan, one the of the most powerful law enforcement jobs in the country, admitting to cocaine use.

Michael Douglas' Son Should Not Go to Prison

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Anthony Papa

The role of drugs and drug addiction loom large in our society, but instead of demonizing addicted individuals, we need an alternative approach: treatment, not imprisonment.

My Return to Sing Sing Prison: The Agony and The Ecstasy

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Anthony Papa

I swore to myself I would never return. But over a decade later, here I was, back at the maximum security prison where I served a 15 years for a non-violent drug crime under the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

Leave Rockefeller Drug Law Reforms Alone

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

District Attorneys and Republican Senators, who were the main opponents of the reforms, have struck back. They are now seeking to mount a campaign to repeal the reforms.

Governor David Paterson Does the Right Thing

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

The Rockefeller Drug Laws had evolved to become a racist entity that was a complete failure in balancing the scales of justice with the needs of protecting our communities.

Embrace the Possible: A New Direction in New York

Richard Aborn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Aborn

Treatment of drug users is the most effective use of tax dollars to reduce illicit drug use and related crime, while mandatory sentencing is the least effective.

Dear Governor Paterson (An Open Letter)

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

As the first African-American Governor of New York, you have already made history. We now want to help you create a legacy.