Hey everyone so some of you may know this already, but my best friend was sentenced to 2 years in maximum security prison earlier this year. He was originally facing 3-18 years until he plea bargained for two. He was a non violent drug offender. Anyway I am trying to get as many people as possible to sign this petition to get rid of the HORRIBLE drug laws that New York has. I visited him yesterday at downstate correctional facility. I can now tell you first hand that maximum security prison is not a fun place. My friend is 21 and will be spending the this Christmas and next in a maximum security prison. While I was there he was telling me about this guy who cut someones head off, no joke. This is no place for a 21 year non violent offender to be. So anyway it would be great if any of you guys would sign this petition, its for getting rid of the crazy laws that put my friend in prison. Thanks and happy holidays you guys. http://www.droptherock.org/?page_id=37 What are the Rockefeller Drug Laws? Enacted in 1973, the Rockefeller Drug Laws require lengthy prison terms for the possession or sale of a relatively small amount of drugs. There are over 13,000 people in New York?s prisons incarcerated under the drug laws, most of them minor offenders with no history of violent behavior. It costs New York $500 million a year to imprison drug offenders. 90% of the people locked up in New York for drug offenses are African American or Latino, despite research showing that the majority of people who use and sell drugs are white. Research shows that drug treatment is less expensive than imprisonment and more successful in reducing drug-related crime. Repealing the Rockefeller Drug Laws would save the fiscally strapped state over $220 million per year. After 35 years, it is long past time to remove the stain of these wasteful, unjust and racially biased laws from New York?s penal code. It is time to Drop the Rock!