The votes are in: as many as 400 people responded to the NYS Board of Parole’s new regulations by saying, NOT ENOUGH. The public comment period closed this past week, and the community—both behind the walls and on the outside—has told the Board to rewrite the regulations so that parole commissioners understand they must release people who pose little or no risk to public safety.
Now it is up to the Board to respond. Last time they redrafted their regs, in late 2013, they received more than 200 public comments criticizing their draft. Yet they ignored them all and, in May 2014, passed their regulations as they had drafted them. We hope they will do better this time.
Of the nearly 400 comments, more than 200 have been received for posting by RAPP and Parole Justice NY. If you sent a comment to the Board and do not see it listed here, please send it to us and we will add it to the list.
Parole justice is in our hands. We will continue letting the Board (and the Governor who appoints them) aware that we will stand by our responsibility. The thousands of incarcerated people in New York State, including more than 10,140 women and men older than 50, depend on us, their families and friends, to make sure justice is served and people are returned to the communities that miss them, need them, and want them home.
Read comments filed by:
Center for Appellate Litigation
NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm, 25th District Queens
National Lawyers Guild New York City Chapter
Community Service Society
New York State Bar Association Committee on Civil Rights
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Christopher Seeds, Attorney at Law
Milk Not Jails
Kathy Manley, Attorney at Law
Brooklyn Defender Services
Legal Aid Society and Prisoners’ Legal Services
Correctional Association of New York
Claude Marks/Freedom Archives
Glenn Martin/Just Leadership USA (JLUSA)
Rise & Shine Community Services, Inc.
Issa Kohler-Hausmann, PhD, JD; Avery Gilbert, JD; Christopher Seeds, JD
The Osborne Association/Elizabeth Gaynes
Moira Meltzer Cohen, Esq.
New York State Prisoner Justice Network
Nancy Jacot Bell
Prison Action Network
Parole Justice Committee of Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration
Center for Community Alternatives
CURE-NY/Deborah Bozydaj, President
Donna M. Accettulli
Sister Honora Kinney
Mary Frances Burek and Pat Case
Robert Rose III
Richard Kuhn, Criminon
Wil Van Natta
Rhys Mateo Klauser
Read Joel Stashenko’s New York Law Journal article on the regs and the comments.