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Drug Law Resentencing: Saving Tax Dollars with Minimal Community Risk (The Legal Aid Society) (2010)

  • Organization: The Legal Aid Society
  • Author: William Gibney
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
  • Submitted: Monday, February 01, 2010
  • Attachment(s): LINK

A special report by the Special Litigation Unit of The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Practice shows that people who have been re-sentenced under New York's Rockefeller Drug Law reforms and released from prison have remarkably low rates of return to prison. The report notes that the recidivism data from the first two rounds of re-sentencing petitions filed under the 2004 and 2005 reforms supports the legislative judgment that drug law sentences were longer than necessary to protect the community.

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