New York Catholics against mandatory minimums

On June 14, the top leaders of the Catholic Church in New York demanded drug law reform, calling mandatory minimum sentences “ineffective and unduly restrictive.” In a letter to Governor George Pataki and the Legislature, Archbishop John Cardinal O’Connor and the Roman Catholic Bishops of New York criticized the 26-year-old Rockefeller drug laws for mandating prison terms without considering offenders’ personal circumstances. The bishops also advocated more treatment options for nonviolent drug offenders.