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Elder parole bill continues to be lightning rod in politics, law enforcement

State lawmakers are expected to consider the Elder Parole bill this upcoming legislative cycle, a proposal that has sparked varied reactions across the state.

The bill, if passed, would allow incarcerated individuals who have served at least 15 years to be eligible for parole upon reaching the age of 55.


Supporters of the bill, view it as a chance for redemption. In contrast, Republican State Senator Pam Helming and Ontario County Sheriff David Circencione strongly oppose the bill.

Helming questions the priorities of her Democratic colleagues, focusing on the rights of victims, while Circencione criticizes the proposal as a disregard for the judicial process and a risk to public safety.

The debate over the Elder Parole bill reflects a broader discussion on criminal justice, rehabilitation, and public safety and is expected to take center stage as the new legislative session opens up next month.