Parole Reform Squabble Has Left Hundreds Sitting in New York Jails

By Chris Gelardi via New York Focus At the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, at least 91 people had been waiting for March 1 to roll around. On that date, most aspects of New York state’s new parole reform law went into full effect, and those who had been held on warrants issued by […]

Parole Reform Squabble Leaves Hundreds in New York Jails

By Chris Gelardi via The American Prospect At the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, at least 91 people had been waiting for March 1 to roll around. On that date, most aspects of New York state’s new parole reform law went into full effect, and those who had been held on warrants […]

NY is closing 6 prisons Thursday. What will it mean for local economies?

Tiffany Cusaac-Smith via Poughkeepsie Journal Correctional facilities in Rochester, Fishkill and Southport are among six New York prisons shuttering Thursday, amid diminishing prison populations and the implementation of key reforms aimed at curbing incarceration. At the close of business Thursday, Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill and the Rochester Correctional Facility will be two of six that will close, […]

Big Changes to Parole Are Here. How Will ‘Less is More’ Hold Up?

By Reuven Blau and Rachel Holliday Smith via The City  For decades, New York state law allowed parole officers to toss people back into jail for low-level infractions like missing a curfew or having marijuana in their system.  When it comes to jailing parolees across the nation, New York has been an outlier. The state returns more people […]

A second chance: How the parole justice movement has gained steam in New York state

By Robbie Sequeira via BronxTimes Without a second chance, Donna Hylton would have never transformed her life. Without a second chance, Hylton may only be remembered for a traumatic childhood that included repeatedly being trafficked from native Jamaica and sexually and physically abused. Subsequently, Hylton would end up serving a  27-year prison stint for the […]

Kenyatta Muzzanni: Connecticut proposals would criminalize young people in insidious new ways

By Kenyatta Muzzani Via Hartford Courant In the past two years, Connecticut residents pushed for and won major reforms of the criminal legal system, including passing legislation on police accountability and the erasure of certain convictions through Clean Slate. And we achieved these victories during one of the largest civil rights uprisings against systemic racism in U.S. history, an […]

A cancer patient was sent to prison for DUI. Two months later, he was dead from COVID

By Dave Altimari and Kelan Lyons via CT Mirror  William Lamprecht stood before the judge in a Torrington courtroom in September fearing the four months he was about to spend in prison would become a death sentence. The 62-year-old man, who had been battling an alcohol and drug addiction for years, was awaiting his fate after pleading […]

Protests for and against ‘Less is More’ law in Rochester

By Matt Driffill via Rochester First ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Those for, and against, the “Less is More” law demonstrated outside the Monroe County Hall of Justice Monday. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul in September. It prevents paroled prisoners from being incarcerated on a technical violation, like missing a curfew. The goal of the […]

Protesters, counterprotesters rally over New York State’s ‘Less is More’ law

By WHEC TV via whec.com ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Protesters and counterprotesters rallied outside of the Hall of Justice Monday over New York State’s “Less is More” law. The law made it so that parolees can no longer be held for what the state calls “technical violations” — which include missing curfew or testing positive for drugs. […]

The Riverdale Press:Law makes parole violations much more rare

By Ethan Stark-Miller via The Riverdale Press Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio took another step toward alleviating what they described as the crisis on Rikers Island earlier this month by agreeing to temporarily transfer more than 200 women and transgender-identifying inmates to two upstate prisons. This latest measure isn’t without controversy, however, as […]