As Parole Drives Incarceration, Can NYs Bar Spur Reforms?

By RJ Vogt

Law360 quoted President Greenberg and the co-chairs of NYSBA’s Task Force on the Parole System. (may require subscription)

When people are released from New York state prison and placed under parole supervision, they are subject to conditions that, if broken, can lead them right back to their cells.

So-called “technical parole violations” include things like failing to report a changed address, pay a fee or attend a meeting with a parole officer. According to findings released in November by a New York State Bar Association task force, these noncriminal acts cause the incarceration of more than 40% of the state’s prison population.

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