New Laws in New York For Low-Level Drug Offenders

A new story from the Associated Press details how new laws regarding low-level drug offenders have just kicked in. In April, Governor David Paterson and other state lawmakers went over and revised the archaic Rockefeller-era drug laws. Their determination was that low-level offenders who were addicted would be better off in treatment than in prison. With the changes, hundreds of existing offenders can now petition for an early release, while Judges across the City have the option of mandating new offenders to drug treatment.