New York Governor Kathy Hochul the former Democrat Lt. Governor who recently replaced the disgraced Andrew Cuomo has now decided to implement a new law entitled the ‘Less is More Act’ which makes it harder to imprison felons for violations of parole.
In the process she will be immediately freeing 191 inmates from New York’s notorious Rikers’ Island Prison.
As The New York Post reports:
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday said she was ordering the immediate release of 191 inmates who are locked up on Rikers Island for what she called “technical” violations of their parole from state prison.
Hochul made the announcement before signing into law the “Less Is More Act” that will stop the state from putting ex-cons back behind bars for missing appointments with their parole officers, violating curfew or testing positive for drugs or alcohol.
The measure is set to go into effect on March 1, but Hochul said the ongoing crisis at Rikers meant there was no time to wait, calling reports of out-of-control violence and chaos at the massive jail complex “deeply disturbing.”
Hochul also said she was ordering the transfers of around 200 inmates from Rikers to state prisons amid recent admissions by city Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi that planned reform efforts can’t be achieved under the existing conditions.