New York has an incarceration crisis and it’s long past time elected leaders addressed it. Thousands of parole-eligible New Yorkers are repeatedly denied release and thousands more are ineligible for parole consideration. Coupled with long sentences, these repeated denials, which are disproportionately handed to Black and Latinx New Yorkers, have contributed to the ballooning older population in the state’s prisons. New York can’t afford to wait any longer for parole reform.
Lawmakers should pass Elder Parole (S15/A3475) and Fair & Timely Parole (S1415/A4231) to address the prison crisis and create a more fair parole process where people have real and meaningful opportunities for release to their families and communities. Call your legislator and tell them that the time for parole justice is NOW. Thousands of people are counting on you.