Rockefeller drug laws
In the 1980s and ’90s the U.S. relied on tougher laws which mandated mandatory minimum sentencing that did nothing to reduce
I remember as clear as a bell going to a meeting with assembly members who listened to a group of us. One by one we gave
You will have to read between the lines to understand how truly amazing these two people were together. These are two people
I applaud the governor for his actions because I know how important receiving an education while in prison is.
The art installation highlighted issues that affect all Americans, whether they use drugs or not. For example in "Justice in Black and White" I displayed the racial imbalance of New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws which were the precursor of racist federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
The road following imprisonment is not an easy one. I know because I have walked it. When I was released 17 years ago from the living nightmare of imprisonment, I found that returning to the real world was both frightening and unbelievably difficult.
A cornerstone of the school-to-prison pipeline has been overly punitive school discipline codes, with disciplinary action applied disproportionately to people of color.
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.
Terrence Stevens is on a mission to save children whose parents are incarcerated. He knows too well the stories that these kids represent.
Last week I listened with great interest to a speech Attorney General Eric Holder presented in front of the American Bar Association.
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.
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.
The very term Rockefeller Drug Laws has practically become a euphemism for unfair, racially biased mandatory prison sentences and drug-war related mass incarceration.
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.
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.
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.