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Barclay critical of state’s parole system, spotlighting release of people who killed cops

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Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay has voiced strong criticism of New York’s parole system, highlighting the release of 41 cop killers since 2017. He argues that the state parole board’s decisions undermine public safety and disrespect the families of fallen officers.


Barclay points to upcoming parole hearings for Mitchell Martin, who killed NYPD Officer James Whittington in 1982, and Eddie Matos, convicted of the 1989 murder of NYPD Officer Anthony Dwyer. He emphasizes that second chances must be earned, and those who kill police officers do not deserve parole.

Barclay proposes reforms to hold the parole board accountable, including bills A.5225/S.1412 and A.3906/S.1271. These measures would allow the removal of parole board members by the legislature, require unanimous parole decisions, and reinstate the death penalty for those who kill law enforcement officers.



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