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Rockefeller Drug Laws

I Am My Brother's Keeper: Why We Must Change the Code

William Lynch III | Posted 03.03.2014 | Education
William Lynch III

A cornerstone of the school-to-prison pipeline has been overly punitive school discipline codes, with disciplinary action applied disproportionately to people of color.

Will Gov. Cuomo Use His Clemency Powers in 2013?

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.16.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

Since he has been in office, Cuomo has yet to use these powers and has not granted anyone any type of relief despite hundreds and hundreds of applications.

I Turned Down 3 Years in Prison and Ended Up With 15 to Life

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.05.2014 | Crime
Anthony Papa

People's fear of angering prosecutors by going to trial is real. Defendants who choose to exercise their constitutional rights to go to trial routinely face sentences three times greater than the original plea deals.

Saving Children of Incarcerated Parents: The Terrence Stevens Story Featured on PBS

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.24.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

Terrence Stevens is on a mission to save children whose parents are incarcerated. He knows too well the stories that these kids represent.

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing and Potential Pardons by President Obama

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.26.2013 | Crime
Anthony Papa

Last week I listened with great interest to a speech Attorney General Eric Holder presented in front of the American Bar Association.

Randy Credico Makes the Ballot for NYC Mayor

Anthony Papa | Posted 09.28.2013 | New York
Anthony Papa

Randy Credico, a celebrated political satirist and activist, who made a run for Senator Chuck Schumer's seat in 2009 but failed to get enough valid signatures on the ballot because his campaign had been infiltrated, has succeeded this time and has made the ballot for NYC Mayor.

Revealed: 47% of Americans Were Stoned When Dodging Taxes!

Seriously Skewed | Posted 07.28.2013 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

America, chill out. Half of your fellow countrymen have spoken, and they are good and ready to get stoned; if you are one of the 53% who have a problem with it, just don't smoke the stuff yourself. It's your life and if you want to waste it being sober, that's your choice.

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.

40th Anniversary of the Rockefeller Drug Laws: A Window of Opportunity For a Better Path

Anthony Papa | Posted 07.07.2013 | New York
Anthony Papa

In 1973, two years after President Nixon declared a "war on drugs," New York Governor Rockefeller passed the toughest drug laws in the nation, demanding mandatory sentences for drug law violations, while removing the judge's power to consider each case individually.

The War on Drugs Is a War on America! Time to End It!

Russell Simmons | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Russell Simmons

For 42 years, we have waged war against our own people that we have disguised as the "War on Drugs." All of this can be challenged and changed. Yet it is with a renewed sense of urgency that we must speak out and build an effective movement.

My Valentine's Day: 28 Years Ago Today I Was Sentenced to 15-to-Life

Anthony Papa | Posted 04.16.2013 | Crime
Anthony Papa

I had delivered four ounces of cocaine for $500 straight into the hands of undercover narcotic officers in Westchester County. It was the biggest mistake I ever made.

Gov. Cuomo Calls for Reform: Marijuana Arrests That 'Stigmatize and Criminalize... Must End Now'

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 03.11.2013 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

Possession of marijuana is the leading arrest in New York City today -- but it's not supposed to be this way. In 1977, New York State removed criminal penalties for private possession of marijuana, and made possession in public view a misdemeanor.

The Despicable Act of Paying for Prisoners!

Russell Simmons | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Russell Simmons

This is a new America. An America that believes that drug addiction is a disease and not a crime. We will no longer subject ourselves to the old ways of destruction. We will fight for a fair justice system that uplifts our people from the drug war devastation of the past 39 years.

Will Governor Cuomo Show Compassion This Holiday Season and Grant Clemencies?

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.20.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

To be sentenced under unjust laws to a tremendous amount of time is unconscionable. I know because it happened to me. Now I am asking Governor Cuomo to show compassion.

80 Million Disenfranchised and Disinterested Americans Didn't Vote In '08. What Portends for 2012?

Pearl Korn | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

As the 2012 Presidential campaign heads into high gear, we must engage eligible non-voters who are young, uneducated and economically deprived.

Central Police Detective of Columbia University Drug Bust Arrested

Anthony Papa | Posted 08.13.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

While the "Ivy League" bust generated a wave of media for Bridget Brennan and Ray Kelly, the reality is that the headline-seeking bust has blown up in their faces with the arrest of Detective Palase.

The Passing of a Drug Reform Hero: Retired Judge Jerome Marks

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

There are heroes and then there are heroes. My good friend Judge Jerry Marks, a former New York Supreme Court Justice, was a hero's hero.

Tainted Evidence from Nassau County Crime Lab May Be Nightmare for DA Rice

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

Will DA Rice pursue justice for dozens, hundreds, perhaps thousands of people who may be wrongfully incarcerated? Can Nassau County afford retrials?

Reading Charlotte's Web as a Activist

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tony Newman

Thirty five years after originally reading the book, I have realized that E.B. White was not only a great writer, but a visionary and activist as well.

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.