Palumbo Voices Opposition of Legislation Aimed at Paroling Certain 55 Year Old Inmates
Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) voiced his opposition of a bill that was recently introduced by an Assembly Majority member that would allow the Board of Parole to evaluate certain inmates over the age of 55 who have served at least 15 years in prison for possible parole release, even if the inmate has not completed his or her minimum sentence (A.4319).
I think that this is a dangerous measure that fails to clarify who is eligible for early release or what specific crimes are excluded from such leniency, said Palumbo. The authority to commute sentences is vested in the Governor, not the Parole Board and to legislate otherwise is reckless. Moreover, leaving this discretion up to an already tarnished parole board who last year paroled cop-killer Herman Bell, and this past Friday a domestic terrorist in Judith Clark is a terrible idea and it puts the public at risk.