Canton, NY, Aug 21, 2012 — Three years ago, St. Lawrence County finished work on a state-of-the-art jail that cost taxpayers more than $30 million. It was needed because the old jail on Court Street was outdated and overcrowded.
Today, that new jail is full. And people in the justice system aren't quite sure what to do except wait for the crime rate to go down. Go to full article
Rensselaer, NY, Jan 13, 2012 — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is again pushing for legislation to create an online database to report and track the use of prescription narcotic drugs. On Wednesday, Schneiderman announced that his Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act, which he proposed last year, has bipartisan support in the Legislature. He also issued a report that details the growing prescription drug abuse problem in every corner of the state, including the North Country. Chris Knight has our story. Go to full article
I showed up dirty on a urine test, cocaine and marijuana. They're making me come back...for another drug test.
Feb 28, 2011 — It's been over a year since New York implemented reforms of the Rockefeller Drug Laws.
The new rules divert many drug addicted felons from prison to treatment.
Reporter Charles Lane from public radio station WSHU has been following several of the people going through the new program.
He found that some of them are getting treatment in rigorous residential treatment facilities, and say the programs are harder than doing time in prison.
Editor's Note: Charles Lane has heard news that Joan D'Alessio turned herself in and is doing better. We'll bring you updates in the coming months on her as well as a look at the cost of the Rockefeller reforms. Go to full article
Feb 11, 2009 — Last year, Fort Drum began posting the names and photos of soldiers who were arrested for drunk driving while intoxicated in the post newspaper. The unusual step was taken by Drum's commanding general when he was alerted to high DWI rates among his soldiers. Today, Major General Michael Oates says the situation has not improved. He's taken another unusual step: asking his troops for answers on his blog. Martha Foley and David Sommerstein revisit this story for our series, Story 2.0. Go to full article
Mar 06, 2008 — Fort Drum's commander says an increase in drunk driving, drug use, and other crimes among soldiers is unacceptable. And he's using public pressure to deal with it. The base newspaper will publish the names and photos of soldiers charged with DWI. 3500 Fort Drum soldiers returned from Iraq last November. It was the second or third tour of duty for many of them. As David Sommerstein reports, substance abuse is often associated with combat trauma. Go to full article
May 28, 2004 — Young people from rural areas who wind up homeless often land on the streets of big cities. They go to escape poverty or broken families. They're searching for jobs or an education or adventure. But many of these kids wind up victims -- addicted to drugs, hooked into prostitution. Brian Mann spent a night on the streets of Montreal and has our story. Go to full article