The Impact of Drug Law Reform
In 2009, New York passed legislation that removed mandatory minimum sentences for a range of felony drug offenses and expanded eligibility for treatment as an alternative to incarceration.
A Vera Institute of Justice study examined the impact of these reforms in New York City, finding an increase in rates of diversion to treatment, which led to lower rates of rearrest. However, implementation varied widely across boroughs and the majority of drug arrests did not lead to diversion.
Read the policy brief (pdf, 28 pages) Exit Notice.
Download the technical report (pdf, 274 pages).