Parole

Governor's Office

Republican lawmakers in New York will hold hearings into recent decisions by the state parole board to release some high-profile offenders and the governor's decision to give voting rights to inmates.

Governor Cuomo's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a speech at the annual meeting of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he offered remedies to fix the nation’s Democratic Party.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes to the state's parole system to help formerly incarcerated individuals adjust to life outside prison walls.

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Two new reports from Columbia University are raising questions about New York's probation and parole system - and offering suggestions for making it more effective.

What to feel, now that we know O.J. Simpson soon will be a free man?

That was the question, as cameras focused on a gray-haired, still-charming Orenthal James Simpson, near tears as he thanked members of a Nevada parole board Thursday afternoon. The board told him he could leave Lovelock Correctional Center as soon as this fall after serving nine years.

O.J. Simpson will find out on Thursday if he soon will be released from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. He has been held there for nearly nine years for convictions on armed robbery and other charges.

The former NFL hero, TV pitchman and movie star, now 70, stands a good chance of being granted parole when he appears before the Nevada Parole Board via video link. No one has registered to testify against him. He will likely try to persuade the board of his good behavior behind bars.

If paroled, Simpson would be released from prison no sooner than Oct. 1.

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Buffalo Police are searching for an arsonist who has come up missing.

A Kenmore native, serving time for multiple murders, has refused to accept parole.

As a teenager in 1985, John Justice killed his parents, his brother and a neighbor. He has been serving prison time on a pair of murder counts, but was relieved of two other counts for reasons of insanity. This is the second time Justice has refused parole.

John Nuchereno, his former attorney believes Justice is looking to serve out his term and to be released in 2015 without facing the restrictions of parole.

A man on parole is being sought by State Police.

Raymond Gandolfo is the subject of a manhunt across Western New York. Gandolfo was awaiting sentencing on Genesee County for attempted forgery. He is wanted in Cheektowaga for burglary and grand larceny.

Gandolfo is described as a white male in his mid-thirties. He is approximately five foot five inches tall, weighing around 155 pounds.

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Crimestoppers can be reached at 867-6161.