Gov. Hochul Orders Release of 191 Rikers Island Inmates Jailed for ‘Technical’ Parole ViolationsEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday ordered the immediate release of 191 inmates from the crisis-stricken Rikers Island correctional facility, saying that the individuals in question had served their debt to society but ended up back in prison due to “technical” parole violations. Hochul made the announcement at a Sept. 17 event at which she signed the “Less Is More: Community Supervision and Revocation Reform Act” into law, a criminal justice reform measure meant to reduce instances of parolees being re-incarcerated for what she described as “technical violations” of parole conditions, like missing curfew or failing a drug test. “All too often, in this state particularly, parole becomes a ticket back into jail because of very technical violations. Someone was caught with a drink, or using a substance, or missing of an appointment. We call these technical violations, and what it does is it lands people back in a …Read More

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