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N.Y. Legislature Votes to Reduce Mandatory Drug Sentencing

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N.Y. Legislature Votes to Reduce Mandatory Drug Sentencing

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N.Y. Legislature Votes to Reduce Mandatory Drug Sentencing

N.Y. Legislature Votes to Reduce Mandatory Drug Sentencing

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New York's state legislature votes to reduce some mandatory sentences for drug offenses. The so-called Rockefeller drug laws were first put on the books more than 30 years ago, and influenced other states to enact similar laws. Many believe the laws to be overly harsh. NPR's Margot Adler reports.