David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
Date: October 27, 1999
|Chief Judge Creates Commission on Drugs and the Courts|
| NEW YORK - - Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye and Chief Administrative
Judge Jonathan Lippman today announced the formation of the Commission
on Drugs and the Courts, a panel convened to evaluate and recommend improvements
to the response of New York's courts to the rampant problem of substance
abuse. The 28-member committee will be headed by Robert B. Fiske, Jr.,
former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and a partner
with the New York City law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
"As we approach the end of the twentieth century," said Chief Judge Kaye, "there is no question that drugs are the driving force in our criminal justice system. In New York City, 75 percent of all those arrested test positive for drugs, and over half of all felony indictments involve drug offenses. But even these alarming statistics fail to convey fully the devastating toll drugs exact on families, children and individuals whose lives are destroyed by addiction. With so much at stake, it is time to step back and to take a fresh look at the courts' response to substance abuse offenses, to determine - in as bold and visionary a manner as possible - what more the courts can and should do to address this problem. I have charged the Commission on Drugs and the Courts with this critical task, and I am immensely grateful to all the members for their willingness to shoulder this weighty responsibility."
The Commission on Drugs and the Courts will focus on the courts' role in the area of substance abuse. Its mission will include documenting the current number and types of drug cases and their cost to the court system, evaluating New York's various treatment courts and opportunities for forging better partnerships, identifying partners and funding sources for new projects, considering innovative programs that other states have undertaken, suggesting pilot projects to test new approaches and considering any necessary legislative reform.
The Commission is an interdisciplinary panel of judges, substance abuse experts, treatment specialists, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law professors and court officials.
Commission on Drugs and the Courts - Member List
Hon. John J. Ark
Stanley S. Arkin
Hon. Phylis Skloot Bamberger
Steven R. Belenko, Ph.D.
Bridget G. Brennan
Paul J. Browne
Zachary W. Carter
Hon. Frank J. Clark
Terrence M. Connors
Hon. Janet DiFiore
Monica Drinane, Attorney-in-Charge
Hon. Jo Ann Ferdinand
Hon. William J. Fitzpatrick
Prof. Michael P. Jacobson
James M. Kindler
Roderick C. Lankler
Michele Maxian, Attorney-in-Charge
Paul S. Miller, Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Hon. Juanita Bing Newton
Edward J. Nowak
Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D., President
Hon. Robert T. Russell, Jr.
Hon. Gloria Sosa-Lintner
Anne J. Swern