Parole Reform Groups Say Proposed New Rules Don’t Go Far Enough

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ALBANY – Groups frustrated at the state’s unyielding attitude toward releasing some inmates has urged the Board of Parole to go further with new regulations meant to produce more favorable parole determinations.

The proposed regulations would base inmate release decisions more on prospective risk to the public and less on the nature of the crime that led to incarceration 

NYTimes: Governor Cuomo Orders Investigation of Racial Bias in N.Y. State Prisons

Governor Cuomo Orders Investigation of Racial Bias in N.Y. State Prisons http://nyti.ms/2h9czGh

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced on Monday that he was ordering an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system after an investigation by The New York Times found that black inmates were punished at significantly higher rates than whites, sent to solitary confinement more often and held there longer.

Justice Department Announces Reforms at Bureau of Prisons to Reduce Recidivism and Promote Inmate Rehabilitation | OPA | Department of Justice

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-reforms-bureau-prisons-reduce-recidivism-and-promote-inmate

“The sweeping changes that we are announcing today chart a new course for the Bureau of Prisons that will help make our prisons more effective, our communities safer and our families stronger,” said Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates.  “One of the best ways to prevent crime is by reducing recidivism, and one of the best ways to reduce recidivism is by equipping inmates with the tools they need to successfully reenter society.”