Governor Cuomo: Establish a Commission on Parole in New York State
Each year thousands of rehabilitated, community-ready men and women appear before New York State's parole board. And each year the vast majority are arbitrarily denied parole.
These parole-worthy men and women—who are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, sons and daughters—have repeatedly demonstrated that they are not likely to reoffend. They have used their time productively while incarcerated, including acquiring vocational trades, completing drug and anger management programs, founding progressive organizations and earning college degrees. Their release is clearly compatible with the welfare of society.
Even the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's own statistics show that those who are routinely denied parole tend to be the least likely to recidivate.
Yet the NYS Parole Board has condemned these men and women to languish in prison.
Join us in calling on Governor Cuomo to establish a temporary commission on parole with the task of bringing transparency, fairness, accountability and public confidence to the parole board--a body that has none of these.
The Riverside Church Prison Ministry
- Governor, New York State
Andrew M. Cuomo
- New York Governor
To: Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor, New York State
Each year thousands of rehabilitated, community-ready men and women appear before New York State's parole board. And each year the vast majority of them are arbitrarily denied parole, based solely on the “nature of the crime.” No legitimate state interest is served by warehousing these rehabilitated people who have earned their release from prison.
Governor Cuomo, in light of the public-safety ramifications of parole board release determinations, great care and consideration must be given to how the board functions, including how commissioners are appointed. We urge you to issue an Executive Order to establish a temporary commission on parole with the task of comprehensively studying and evaluating parole release considerations and decisions, and determining their public-safety implications. In this way, we can bring about transparency, fairness, accountability and public confidence to the parole board.
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