Making Rockefeller Reform Work

In April 2009, Governor David Paterson signed legislation enacting real reform of the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws (RDL). The changes include eliminating mandatory minimums and returning judicial discretion in most (but not all) drug cases; reforming sentences; expanding drug treatment and alternatives to incarceration; and allowing resentencing of some currently incarcerated people who are serving sentences under the old laws.

With these reforms, New York begins its shift away from the Rockefeller Drug Laws and the failed criminal justice model of drug policy they represent, and toward an approach to drug policy that emphasizes health and public safety