The Nation: Lock 'Em Up

Drug usage and the violence it in spires are mounting across the nation, but nowhere is the problem more grave than in New York City, with its esti mated 360,000 addicts. The volatility of the drug-crime syndrome also makes good political fodder.

Governor Nelson Rockefeller was aware of all that—and deeply frustrated as well by the state's continued failure to conquer the problem. Thus last week, he stepped before the state legislature and called for a drastic drug program.

The Governor's diamond-hard line: mandatory life sentences for all hard-drug pushers and hard-drug users who commit violent crimes while under the influence. The...

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