A bipartisan criminal justice coalition is launching a statewide public education campaign on parole reform. New Yorkers United for Justice are pushing the state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make parole reform a top priority for the 2021 legislative session.
Republican state lawmakers on Tuesday denounced Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to close the Gowanda Correctional Facility early next year, saying it will hurt both the prison’s workers and surrounding communities.
Progressive activists and lawmakers held a virtual rally across New York state on Tuesday, calling on Democrats to pass sweeping criminal justice reform next year now that the party has a supermajority in the state Senate.
He had not yet read the proposed legislation as of Friday. But Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says, in his gut, he does not support bills now in Albany that would grant certain older inmates a chance for parole.
Criminal justice reform continues to be a hot-button topic in the state. On the heels of state reforms regarding bail and discovery laws, advocates are urging lawmakers to fundamentally change the way solitary confinement is conducted in jails and prisons.
Law enforcement groups have pushed back against criminal justice changes that take effect in January, including the end to most forms of cash bail. But the advocates who fought for the changes say they are long overdue and will restore fairness to the system.
New criminal justice reforms are set to take affect at the start of the New Year, but law enforcement officials across Western New York say the rush to push reforms through will create a public safety problem.
Mayors across New York state are the latest to express concerns about the bail reform and other criminal justice law changes that take effect in January. The mayors say they don't have the resources or money to properly carry out the new laws.