After decades of high crime rates and violence in its major cities, New York has turned to criminal justice reform to reduce prison populations, costs, and decrease crime rates.
History of Legislation
AB 6255 amended the Criminal Procedure Law to allow people with an opioid addiction using MAT, such as methadone treatment, to participate in a judicial diversion program.
Governor Andrew Cuomo established a pardon program for certain juveniles. The initiative automatically pardoned thousands of people who were convicted of non-violent crimes as teenagers. Individuals convicted of a non-violent crime at the age of 16 or 17 and who have not been convicted of any crime for at least 10 years are eligible for a pardon.
New York enacted comprehensive drug policy reforms that greatly expand treatment options while repealing most mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. Certain drug offenders will be allowed to enter treatment under close supervision by specially trained drug court personnel, instead of automatically being sent to prison.
State Budget: $2.7 billion
State Prison Expenses: $3.6 billion
Avg Annual Cost per inmate: $60,76
State Population: 19.75 million people
State Population: 71,466 people
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May 31, 2017
Originally published 5/30/17 at CityLimits.org On May 10, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo instructing federal prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,” essentially eliminating the current policy, which is based on a 2013 memo from previous Attorney General Eric Holder, whose so-called “Smart on Crime” approach was to use… Read more »
April 12, 2017
Via The New York Times Much of the praise for the Raise the Age initiative, which was passed by the New York Legislature over the weekend, was effusive, with various political factions claiming it as their own victory and its supporters calling it a historic protection for juvenile defendants. To be sure, the law —… Read more »
April 5, 2017
As seen via New York Times Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed on Friday to close the troubled jail complex on Rikers Island, which has spawned federal investigations, brought waves of protests and became a byword for brutality, in a move he said was intended to end an era of mass incarceration in New York City…. Read more »
March 14, 2017
Originally seen in The Wall Street Journal New York City will spend $38 million annually to combat an opioid epidemic that killed more than 1,000 New Yorkers last year, city officials said Monday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the initiative, dubbed HealingNYC, would reduce the number of opioid deaths by 35% during the next five years. The… Read more »