Stupid and Irrational and Barbarous: New York Judges Speak Against the Rockefeller Drug Laws

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The role of judges is to enforce the law impartially and see that justice is done. When these two imperatives conflict–when a law itself proves unjust–judges often become frustrated by their powerlessness to ensure a fair outcome. Over the years, many judges have voiced such frustration in regard to the mandatory minimum sentencing provisions of New York State’s Rockefeller Drug Laws, as highlighted in this report.

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