A court program of 15 years standing has provided the model for a new approach to drug offenses announced Friday that stresses treatment rather than incarceration, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said Friday. The chief judge was on hand as Governor David Paterson and legislative leaders said they had agreed to begin diverting the cases of thousands of lower-level, nonviolent drug offenders in New York to an expanded treatment initiative that would rely on the discretion of state judges. A centerpiece of the agreement is to give judges the discretion to send first- and, in some cases, second-time non-violent offenders into treatment over the objections of prosecutors.
OCA Prepares for Impact of Drug Law Reforms
New York Law Journal
March 30, 2009
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