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Do you agree with mandatory sentencing for drug convictions?

New York is working on overhauling their mandatory drug sentencing laws from the 1970's in favor of a more medical go to rehab approach instead of incarcerating people.

Do you agree with this?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/nyregion/01rockefeller.html?ref=nyregion

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Friday

Asked by Friday at 7:43 PM on Mar. 1, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (24)
  • As a New Yorker, I am very glad that our governor is changing these archaic laws.
    Kaelaasmom

    Answer by Kaelaasmom at 7:44 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

  • I do.
    Tristana

    Answer by Tristana at 7:46 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

  • I totally agree with this. Way too large a chunk of out over crowded prison system is non violent drug offenders. Murders are getting let out early because of over crowding. It's just not right.
    trippyhippy

    Answer by trippyhippy at 7:47 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

  • do not support mandatory sentences for drug users. I think the judges should have more leeway and more drug offendors should not be doing any time. We jail a TON of the little guys and users and the actual criminals are still out on the street, our jails are packed and theres no money.

    Yeah for doing away with mandatory sentences
    MamiJaAyla

    Answer by MamiJaAyla at 7:48 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

  • sounds great, but people who are on drugs have to want to go to rehab. It does not work if you force them to go. Some or most have to hit bottom to wake up.
    gammie

    Answer by gammie at 7:48 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

  • yeah, why not! They usually end up locking up the wrong dang people anyway AND they learn all kinds of new tricks in prison! Maybe in a rehab place they could also get some kind of job training to get them out of the situation where they feel they need to be selling them!

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 7:50 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

  • I know of a 22 year old man here who sold drugs. He was made a example of~ Will never get out! But yet murders are allowed parole!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:50 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

  • I have heard of people in jail for 20 plus years for a couple hits of acid. Yet a murderer gets out after 7.
    trippyhippy

    Answer by trippyhippy at 7:52 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

  • It sounds great, the problem is, it does not solve the drug problem and it spends thousands and thousands of dollars on people who are just waiting to get out of their program so they can start doing their thing again. California did this a few years ago and it has not worked. If only the drug users who really wanted to get clean took advantage of these programs, it would work, but the drug users enter these programs just to get out of jail and shorten their sentences and they go right back to using.
    kemclaughlin

    Answer by kemclaughlin at 8:00 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

  • It sounds great, the problem is, it does not solve the drug problem and it spends thousands and thousands of dollars on people who are just waiting to get out of their program so they can start doing their thing again.

    But neither does jail.
    trippyhippy

    Answer by trippyhippy at 8:06 PM on Mar. 1, 2009

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