New York

In 2009, 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.  Judges will have far greater discretion to impose sentences that fit the circumstances of an individual’s case while still protecting public safety. 

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:


December 21, 2015

New York Governor Plans Pardons for Thousands of Nonviolent Youth Offenders

(Reuters) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday he would seek to pardon thousands of people convicted of nonviolent crimes as teenagers in an attempt to remove a major obstacle to securing employment, housing and education. The executive action stems from Cuomo’s broader “Raise the Age Campaign,” an effort to change New York… Read more »


May 28, 2015

Court of Appeals Extends Drug Sentencing Reforms to Parolees

(Capital New York) — The New York Court of Appeals ruled that reforms of drug sentences should be applied to parolees in a split decision issued Thursday. Writing for a 5-2 majority, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said that the 2011 reorganization that merged two agencies to form the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS)… Read more »


March 13, 2014

Prison Reforms Good for New York

(amNewYork Editorial) — Following a trail blazed by New York, Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday endorsed a plan to reduce federal prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. Dialing back harsh mandatory minimum prison time — as the U.S. Sentencing Commission has proposed — would salvage lives, save money and make the federal criminal justice system… Read more »


December 12, 2013

There is still time to call the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee!

The bill markup scheduled for December 12 has been pushed back to December 19 – that means that there is still time to call your Senators! If you live in one of the states listed below, please call your Senator’s offices so they can hear your support of S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act.   On Thursday,… Read more »