About Prison Time

Forty years ago, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller launched his campaign for what came to be known as the Rockefeller drug laws.  Rockefeller wanted tough prison sentences, even for low-level drug dealers and addicts.  It was an idea that quickly spread, influencing state and Federal law across the US.

In the decades since, the nation’s prison population has grown seven-fold, with more than 2 million men and women now behind bars.  Over the next year, North Country Public Radio in cooperation with NPR and other member stations will look at ways the Rockefeller laws changed America and the North Country, from their impact on race relations to the growth of a booming national prison industry.

Support for the Prison Time Media Project is provided by the Prospect Hill Foundation, the David Rockefeller Fund, and the NY Council for the Humanities. Special assistance provided by the Adirondack Community Trust.

Lead producer: Brian Mann

Reporter and assistant producer: Natasha Haverty

Contact Prison Time at North Country Public Radio

Phone: 518-891-7774 | Email brian@ncpr.org | Mail: North Country Public Radio, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617

Prison Time blog authors:

Brian Mann
Natasha Haverty

Support for Prison Time

Support for the Prison Time Media Project is provided by the Prospect Hill Foundation, the David Rockefeller Fund, the NY Council for the Humanities and by numerous individual donors via Kickstarter. Special assistance provided by the Adirondack Community Trust.

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