ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations to ensure that risk and rehabilitation are considered during parole decisions.
The governor’s office says if the proposed regulations are adopted, it would require the Board of Parole’s release determination to incorporate an inmate’s current score on a risk and needs assessment called the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions. If the Board does not use the assessment, it must outline the reason for not using it and include an applicant’s behavior in prison and the seriousness of the offense on the record.
According to the governor’s office, the regulations would also require the Board to consider the diminished culpability due to age at the time of the crime and to weigh any demonstrated growth and maturity since the time of the offense when considering individuals serving a maximum life sentence for crimes committed when they were under the age of 18.
“Confidence in the criminal justice system is paramount and these new regulations will help increase transparency, fairness, and accountability in the parole process,” Governor Cuomo said. “Opening up the Parole Board’s decision making and instituting these new commonsense guidelines will help ensure the work of those trying to rehabilitate their lives does not go unrecognized, and that those who still present a public threat remain behind bars.”
The proposed regulations, which are currently available in the State Register for public comment.