Decarcerate jails and prisons & end perpetual punishment.
Each day in New York State, tens of thousands of people—disproportionately Black, brown and low-income—languish behind bars. The New York State Parole Board annually denies thousands of incarcerated New Yorkers their freedom, punishing them, their families and communities for years and decades beyond their minimum sentence. Then, even after people complete their sentences, New York’s current system continues to punish people who face barriers to housing and jobs, and face deportation and ICE detention because of a criminal record.
How We’ll Solve It
New York must pass legislation that decarcerates jails and prisons, protects due process, and recognizes the potential all people have for growth and change.
Elder Parole (S.15/A.3475)
allows people in New York State prison aged 55 and older who have served 15 or more consecutive years to be considered for parole, regardless of their crime or sentence. would allow the State Board of Parole to provide an evaluation for potential parole release to incarcerated people aged 55 and older who have already served 15 or more years, including some of the state’s oldest and sickest incarcerated people.
Fair and Timely Parole (S.1415/A.4231)
reforms the parole system to provide more meaningful parole reviews for incarcerated people who are already parole eligible.
eliminates mandatory minimums, reduces excessive maximum sentences, eliminates sentencing enhancements, and creates additional opportunities for people to be considered for release.
Clean Slate (S.1553A/A.6399)
automatically clears a New Yorker’s criminal record once they become eligible.
Wrongful Convictions Act (S.266/A.98)
allows New Yorkers to overturn convictions for offenses that New York has since decriminalized, for wrongful convictions, and for convictions based on faulty evidence or in violation of their rights.