Push to shrink drug-free school zones in New JerseyPosted: Updated:
A state commission is recommending shrinking drug-free school zones across New Jersey.The plan would shrink the zones from 1,000 feet to 200 feet. Officials say it may sound like reverse logic, but that the plan is the best way to fight the drug problem in the Garden State.Those in favor of the plan say the current law discriminates against urban residents by covering entire sections of some cities. Officials say current zones don't give drug dealers a reason to move somewhere else and the rules fill jails with nonviolent offenders.Gov. Jon Corzine (D-N.J.) says there is strong support to change the zones and all 21 county prosecutors support the plan. Senate President Richard Codey (D-N.J.) has criticized the plan, claiming it sends the wrong message.