New York Study Finds that New Law Lowered Recidivism and Costs

NPC, in collaboration with the Center for Court Innovation, recently completed a study in New York that examined the impact of the Rockefeller Drug Law Reform on judicial diversion. Our research found that the Rockefeller Drug Law Reform increased court-ordered treatment participation, reduced incarceration and recidivism among those treated, and increased taxpayer savings. The law, adopted in April 2009, eliminated mandatory prison sentences in New York State for most felony drug offenders and sought to link more felony-level drug and property offenders to treatment through judicial diversion. See the report and fact sheet.