Now that Democrats will have a supermajority in both houses of the New York State Legislature, progressive members and grassroots allies have begun calling for radical criminal justice reforms through the proposed “Justice Roadmap 2021.”
The Elder Parole Bill (S.2144/A.9040) falls under this sweeping legislative agenda. If passed, it would make all convicted New Yorkers over the age of 55 eligible for parole “regardless of their crime or sentence.”
That would include the following inmates: David Berkowitz, 67, the self-proclaimed “Son of Sam” who murdered six people with a .44 caliber revolver; Dwight York, 75, the most prolific convicted child molester in the history of the United States; and infamous mob enforcer Vincent John Basciano, 61.
The Daily Wire’s Hank Berrien reports:
Sponsored by New York State senator Brad Holman and cosponsored by state senators Alessandra Biaggi, Neil Breslin, Leroy Comrie, and Michael Gianaris, Senate Bill S2144 states:
Notwithstanding any other section of the law, where a person serving a sentence of incarceration has served at least fifteen years of a determinate or indeterminate sentence and has reached the age of fifty-five or greater, the board shall conduct a hearing pursuant to this section and section two-hundred-fifty nine-I of this article to determine whether such person should be released to community supervision. If the board determines that there is a reasonable probability that, if such person is released, he or she will live and remain at liberty without violating the law and that his or her release is not incompatible with the welfare of society, then the board shall release the person to community supervision even if the person has not served the minimum sentence imposed by the judge.
The bill adds that if release is “not granted, the inmate shall be informed in writing within two weeks of such appearance of the factors and reasons for the denial of such release and the board shall specify a date not more than twenty-four months from such determination for reconsideration, and the procedures to be followed upon reconsideration shall be the same. If release to community supervision is granted, the board shall set release conditions and the provisions of this section shall otherwise apply as though the inmate was released after the completion of his or her minimum sentence.”
Immediate criticism for the proposal poured in.
So the monster that brutally beat, raped then murdered this young mom, taking her from her 4 year old daughter forever should be eligible for release in 15 years, regardless of sentence? @bradhoylman @LuisSepulvedaNY @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins @nydems ? pic.twitter.com/ldtUqeNTOn
— Jennifer Harrison (@victimsrightsNY) December 30, 2020