Lockdown, USA

40% want to see it

In theaters Apr 29, 2006
Unrated, 1 hr. 24 min.

Movie Info

Synopsis: In 1972, New York State established what became known as "The Rockefeller Drug Laws," the strictest legislation against drug trafficking passed by any state in the union. While many felt the laws were unnecessarily harsh, in 1982 Ronald Reagan cited the Rockefeller Laws as a model to be followed in his "War on Drugs" campaign, and since then 48 states passed similar laws. However, thanks to the Rockefeller Laws, nonviolent drug offenders now frequently serve longer sentences than those convicted
Director: Michael Skolnik, Rebecca Chaiklin
Rated: Unrated
Running Time: 1 hr. 24 min.
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Theater Release: Apr 29, 2006


Critic Reviews

  • Tracks the often frustrating years of efforts by pro-drug repeal organziations like the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, NY Mothers Of The Disappeared and individuals like music mogul Russell Simmons, to stand down indifferent politicians. More...
  • Fascinating behind the scenes documentary on the struggle against Rockefeller Drug Laws, including a portrait of the immensely likable Randy Credico, the comedian who wore out his welcome on the Johnny Carson show after denouncing Reagan. More...
  • Mandatory viewing for those fighting for legal reform. More...