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Title: NATION'S TOUGHEST DRUG LAW - EVALUATING THE NEW YORK EXPERIENCE - FINAL REPORT
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: New York State Bar Assoc
New York State Bar Journal
United States of America

US Dept of Justice
LEAA
National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 172
Sponsoring Agency: Drug Abuse Council, Inc
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New York State Bar Assoc
Binghamtom, NY 13902
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 76-N1-99-0115
Sale Source: Drug Abuse Council, Inc
1828 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America

Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT PRESENTS RESULTS REACHED BY THE DRUG LAW EVALUATION PROJECT, WHICH FOCUSED ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE 1973 REVISION OF THE NEW YORK STATE DRUG LAW, A 'GET TOUGH' APPROACH IN THE WAR ON DRUGS.
Abstract: IN 1973, NEW YORK STATE ENACTED A COMPREHENSIVE SET OF 'GET TOUGH' DRUG LAWS WHICH INCREASED THE SEVERITY OF PENALTIES FOR DRUG OFFENSES, RESTRICTED PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION TO PLEA BARGAIN, AND LIMITED JUDICIAL DISCRETION TO IMPOSE SENTENCES THAT DID NOT INVOLVE INCARCERATION. THE EVALUATION PROJECT SYSTEMATICALLY COLLECTED LARGE QUANTITIES OF DATA, CONDUCTED INTERVIEWS WITH KNOWLEDGEABLE PERSONS, CARRIED OUT EXTENSIVE STATISTICAL ANALYSES, AND CONSULTED SCHOLARS WITH RELEVANT EXPERIENCE. OVERALL, THIS EVALUATION INDICATES THAT, DURING THE FIRST 3 YEARS AFTER THEIR PASSAGE, THE OBJECTIVES OF THESE LAWS TO CONTROL ILLEGAL DRUG USE AND RELATED CRIME WERE NOT ACHIEVED. FOR EXAMPLE, HEROIN USE WAS AS WIDESPREAD IN NEW YORK CITY IN MID-1976 AS IN 1973, AND PATTERNS OF ILLEGAL DRUG USE OVER THIS PERIOD WERE NOT APPRECIABLY DIFFERENT FROM THOSE IN OTHER MAJOR EAST COAST CITIES. THE STATE'S PATTERNS OF DRUG-RELATED PROPERTY CRIMES WERE SIMILAR TO THOSE IN NEARBY STATES, AND ITS STIFF PENALTIES FOR REPEAT OFFENDERS PRODUCED NO SUSTAINED DETERRENT EFFECTS. FINALLY, ALTHOUGH INITIAL INCREASES IN COURT CASELOAD BACKLOGS AND OTHER IMPACTS ON THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TENDED TO LEVEL OFF, THE COSTS IMPOSED BY THESE LAWS DID NOT APPEAR TO HAVE YIELDED COMMENSURATE BENEFITS. THE STUDY'S REPORT DESCRIBES THE PROBLEMS OF THE LAWS' IMPLEMENTATION, DETAILS RESEARCH METHODS AND FINDINGS, AND PROVIDES SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS FROM STAFF TECHNICAL ANALYSES OF MAJOR EVALUATION ISSUES. AN APPENDIX PROVIDES THE PRINCIPAL PROVISIONS OF THE 1973 NEW YORK STATE DRUG LAW. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug law enforcement; Drug law offenses; Drug laws; Drug regulation; Drug Related Crime; Evaluation; New York
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