About the Coalition
In 2000, a group of people concerned about the impact of incarceration on their communities joined the CA to create a forum for advocates and community members to participate in and lead efforts to reform criminal justice policy in New York.
Its primary focus being repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws—the State’s notoriously harsh mandatory minimum sentencing statutes that apply to people convicted of drug crimes—the group became the Drop the Rock Coalition. In 2009, after years of advocacy on the part of the Coalition and its allies, the State enacted significant reforms that represent a true people’s victory and marked the beginning of the end of these statutes.
Today, through education, organizing and advocacy, Drop the Rock advocates for policies that reduce incarceration rates, including parole reform and prison downsizing measures.