From the Daily News:
As of last week, dealers already doing time in prison became eligible for early release - and hundreds have rushed to apply. Also last week, judges were given broad powers to go easy on drug convicts - even in cases where prosecutors strongly object.
If they choose, judges can turn lesser felons loose on probation. They can send a dealer with multiple convictions into treatment. They can even wipe out records of past offenses - so employers, including schools and nursing homes, could have no clue about whom they are hiring.
Plainly, New York has let down its guard against the single biggest cause of violent crime. And the druggies know it. One of them was tape-recorded on a jailhouse phone saying of Paterson and the Legislature:
"They just gave me the free-for-all. You know what that means? I'm burnin' the streets up when I go home."
Brace for the horrible consequences of mush-headed policy.