Advocates are pushing this week for Governor Kathy Hochul to cover two bills that would help change parole in New York State and diminish the number of people inside state prisons.
One measure helps older people obtain parole, and the other makes it easier for an incarcerated person to get paroled if they’re not a risk to the public’s safety.
NAACP New York State Conference President Hazel Dukes is endorsing the bills, and recently endorsed Hochul for full term.
Dukes states that the average age of death in prisons is only 58, and one quarter of the population is over the age of 50.
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