Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Jersey Senator seeks to shrink drug free zones

Jersey City Senator Sandra B. Cunningham (D-31) has introduced Senate Bill No. 477, which, if passed, would reduce the "drug free school zones" and "public property zones" from 1,000 feet to 200 feet.  Cunningham states that the "high concentration" of public lands and schools in urban areas result in the various drug free zones "often cover[ing] most of the geographical area of a city."  She argues that this results in a "disproportionate number of urban residents being subject to the harsher penalties . . . as compared to suburban and rural residents."