One year after the final piece of a measure to soften the harsh Rockefeller Drug Laws was put into place, a new New York state report estimates that 1,000 people have avoided state prison as a result while more than 300 have been resentenced.
The 2009 reforms eliminated mandatory minimum prison sentences for first- and many second-time non-violent felony drug offenses and certain classes of property offenses related to drug use, including third-degree burglary and third- and fourth-degree grand larceny.
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