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The Future of Sentencing in New York State: A Preliminary Proposal for Reform

  • Organization: New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform
  • Date Created: Monday, October 15, 2007
  • Submitted: Monday, November 05, 2007
  • Attachment(s): LINK
The preliminary report of the New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform. The Commission was established by Governor Eliot Spitzer via Executive Order 10 in March 2007 to "conduct a comprehensive review of New York's 'current sentencing structure, sentencing practices, community supervision and the use of alternatives to incarceration' in order to provide the State with 'crucial guidance to ensure the imposition of appropriate and just criminal sanctions, and to make the most efficient use of the correctional system and community resources.'"

The Commission's preliminary report addresses:
- A historical overview of sentencing trends in New York State
- Sentencing reforms including adoption of a primarily determinate sentencing scheme in new York, some consdieration of drug sentencing reform (the "Rockefeller Drug Laws"), and quality and accessibility of substance abuse treatment
- Reducing Recidivism
- Crime Victims and Sentencing
- The establishment of a permanent Sentencing Commmission for New York State.

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