Monday, May 28, 2012

NJ Lawmakers Are Reconsidering How Courts Deal With Low-level Offenders

In the mid-’80s, New Jersey adopted the “Comprehensive Drug Reform Act of 1986,” imposing mandatory minimum sentences for manufacturing, distributing, dispensing or possessing controlled dangerous substances. A year later, the state adopted a law designating the area within 1,000 feet of a school a drug-free zone with mandatory minimum prison terms. A plan to eliminate criminal penalties for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana appears likely to be approved next month by the NJ Assembly. Follow the link to read about it. -

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