In June, the New Jersey General Assembly adopted legislation to give judges the power to depart from harsh mandatory minimum sentences in some drug cases. The bill, A-2762, now under consideration in the New Jersey Senate, would fix some of the worst problems with drug-free school zones.
These zones, which were created during the Reagan era as part of the misguided so-called "War on Drugs," have proven to be expensive, completely ineffective and racially biased. For example, the entire city of Newark, except for the airport, is considered a Drug-Free School Zone because of its dense population and numerous schools and cultural institutions.
Demand reform of drug-free school zones today. Call or write your State Senator (http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/SelectMun.asp) to encourage him or her to support of S-1866, the Senate version of the bill.