Parole system needs legislative overhaul, NY crime victims say
By: Raga Justin, Times Union: ALBANY — Survivors of violent crimes stood side-by-side with former inmates at the Capitol on Tuesday to push again for an overhaul of the state’s parole system, which advocates said has unfairly pitted victims against people who commit crimes — especially in a time of renewed political agitation about public safety.
‘The people left behind’: Advocates renew push to pass parole reform
By: Jacob Kaye, Queens Daily Eagle: Last year, Robert Webster was sitting in prison, facing the prospect of serving two more decades of his 50 year to life sentence. The Queens man had already served 34 years of that sentence, which he was given when he was 17 years old.
Parole advocates pack NYS Capitol pressing lawmakers to pass reform
By: Mikhaela Singleton, ABC News10: More than a hundred people packing the Million-Dollar Staircase end-to-end Wednesday afternoon, hoping their voices will echo up to lawmakers.
Arrecia llamado a Albany para que aprueben reformas de libertad condicional para presos mayores y más reclusos elegibles
Por: Edwin Martínez, El Diario: Antiguos prisioneros, familiares de internos y líderes políticos se unieron en una manifestación en el Capitolio de Nueva York para exigir a la Legislatura que dé luz verde a un paquete de proyectos de ley para sacar a más presos de las cárceles
Op-Ed | We want safety and healing, not harsh punishment
By: Shneaqua Purvis, AMNY: As a lifelong resident of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, I know a lot about crime and punishment. During this recent election season, we heard a lot about the subject from politicians of all stripes.
Rapper Common Joins the Movement for Parole Justice
“I’m inspired by the day of action for parole justice in New York. Let’s call on lawmakers to pass Elder Parole and Fair & Timely Parole now!”
Advocates, lawmakers to honor formerly incarcerated in push for parole reforms
By: Dennis Slattery, NY Daily News: Formerly incarcerated New Yorkers who are now making a difference in their communities will be honored Wednesday as advocates and lawmakers push for parole reforms.
As Hochul Makes New Promises in State of the State, Last Year’s Parole Pledge Is Still Waiting
By: Chris Gelardi and Sam Mellins, New York Focus: This time last year, Hochul promised to fully staff the parole board. But vacancies have only grown — and went unmentioned in this year’s agenda.
Let 2023 Be the Year of Dismantling Incarceration￼
By: Maya Schenwar, Truthout: I asked organizers working to dismantle incarceration what is giving them hope for 2023. Here’s what they shared.
NY Gov. Kathy Hochul grants clemency to 13 people, 1 year after promising to do so more often
By: Samantha Max, Gothamist: Gov. Kathy Hochul pardoned nine people and commuted the sentences of four others on Wednesday — a year after she last granted several New Yorkers clemency — and pledged to continue to do so “on an ongoing basis,” despite having not done so for a year.