Did you know that our nation currently holds over 4.5 million men, women and young people under some form of community supervision?
Peaceprints of WNY proudly supports the proposed New York State, Less Is More: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act. This comprehensive new legislation addresses the current problems of how technical violations in the parole system lead to re-incarceration.
New York re-incarcerates more people on parole for technical violations - - missed appointments, broken curfew, or positive test for alcohol - - then any other state in the country except Illinois. In 2016, over 65% of those on parole sent back to prison - went back for technical violations.
The new legislation adopts the following recommendations to reform New York’s antiquated parole system:
Shorten parole terms and incentivize good behavior by allowing people to earn accelerated discharge.
Require a hearing before a judicial officer before jailing someone accused of technical violation.
Create a high legal threshold for jailing people on parole for less serious offenses and expedite their hearings.
Cap the amount of time people can serve in jail for violations and eliminate incarceration as a sanction for certain technical violations.
Require the use of graduated sanctions and rewards prior to revoking people under supervision to incarceration.
Reallocate savings to community programs.
States including: Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah have successfully implemented reforms similar to those proposed in the Less is More Act.