2009 Annual Meeting

Understanding 'Drop The Rock' "Revolving Door" or "Throw Away the Key" are not the only choices. What will make drug rehabilitation work? Tuesday, March 31 at 6.30 p.m. the chapter will hold its annual meeting. At 7 p.m., the public is invited to a compelling look beyond reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The harsh mandatory minimum sentences mandated by Rockefeller are destructive and counterproductive. What other options do we have? Three speakers, all experts in the criminal justice system, will explore these questions. Robert Maccarone, director of the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, will focus on alternatives to incarceration. He has testified on the impact of the Rockefeller Drug Laws and the need to explore the suitability and effectiveness of alternatives to incarceration. Before assuming his present position, he was the director of the Westchester County Office of Criminal Justice, a deputy commissioner of the Department of Correction, and a deputy bureau chief for the District Attorney’s Office. Dr. Rudy Cypser will discuss how to help those who have been incarcerated for drug offenses lead productive lives. Cypser coordinated the development of the platform of the NYS Coalition for Rehabilitation and Re-entry with 33 other organizations and has conducted over 100 workshops on violence for prisoners in 16 state and federal prisons. Mayo Bartlett is a criminal defense attorney. He is a former chief of the bias crimes unit of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and a founding member of WeAreWestchester, a coalition of not-for-profit organizations that focuses on social justice. He will explain the drug-sentencing laws and the NYCLU recommended reforms. Tuesday, March 31, 2009 6.30 pm: Elect Board and Officers 7.00 pm: Discuss effective alternatives to the Rockefeller Drug Laws The meeting will be held at the Ethical Culture Society, 7 Saxon Wood Road in White Plains.