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New York State Votes to Reduce Drug Sentences

Posted by Mike on December 8th, 2004

The New York Times > New York Region > New York State Votes to Reduce Drug Sentences (registration required)

After years of false starts, state lawmakers voted Tuesday evening to reduce the steep mandatory prison sentences given to people convicted of drug crimes in New York State, sanctions considered among the most severe in the nation.

Does this seem like a good idea? The drug problem is getting worse in the U. S. The motivation behind this is likely money. Our prison system is very expensive. The article talks about rehabilitation and that is a noble goal. However, swift, stiff and sure penalties for crime are still needed as a deterrent.

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