ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will end parole supervision for 8-thousand parolees at the end of this week.
This is under a good faith measure of the ‘Less is More’ legislation signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul last fall to improve justice and safety in city jails. Also, it ensures that DOCCS focuses its resources on helping people complete community supervision.
“When the Governor signed Less Is More into law she transformed the parole system in New York State. In the spirit of the law, DOCCS staff immediately went to work implementing some provisions long before the law took effect,” DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci said. “I want to thank my staff for the hard work and the hours it took to prepare the Department, as well as work with many law enforcement agencies and legal entities to ensure our compliance with the law on March 1st of this year. Parole Officers will continue to play a vital role in keeping our communities safe, while leveraging a variety of resources to ensure successful outcomes for formerly incarcerated individuals.”
The law created a “30 FOR 30” provision in which released individuals can get 30 days taken off their parole sentence for every 30 days without a violation.
However, DOCCS says that it’s an effort to “expedite this provision of the law.”
More than 5,4000 parolees have been released so far, and an estimated 8,000 are expected to be released by March 31st.