Advocates Press Albany to Fix New York's Parole System

30 January 2019

Yesterday, Osborne's policy center staff traveled to Albany to join a coalition organized by Release Aging People in Prison for Parole Action Advocacy Day. 

Osborne was proud to stand with our elected officials, fellow direct service providers, and advocates to call for a fully staffed Parole Board, fair and timely release for people eligible for parole, and elder parole for those aging, sick, and dying in prison. For more than 85 years, our work in prisons has shown us people's capacity to take responsibility for the harm they have caused and transform their lives. If enacted, these proposals will ensure that we have safe and effective alternatives to endless punishment. We cannot punish our way to public safety or continue to incarcerate people into old age and death; it is not who we are and it comes with a tremendous human and financial cost.

Among the significant coverage, Jarrett Murphy at City Limits published a piece on the renewed push to reform parole and release policies in New York State.

"Advocates seeking to improve the state’s system for releasing people who have served long sentences descended on the state capitol Tuesday in an effort to get parole reform added to the long list of criminal-justice changes—like ending cash bail, strengthening speedy trial requirements and revising discovery rules—the New York legislature will soon take up.

Proponents of reform say their prospects rest on growing awareness of how the parole system works and doesn’t, and the power of the Parole Board to not only affect individual lives but also shape state policy around punishment, rehabilitation and re-entry. Tanya Krupat, director of policy at the Osborne Association, says the hope is that New Yorkers will start to ask, 'Who are these gatekeepers of freedom?'”

You can read the full piece at: https://citylimits.org/2019/01/30/pressing-albany-to-address-flaws-in-new-yorks-parole-system/