Clergy, leaders seek to reform NY prison system for older inmates

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 16, 2021 03:52 PM
Created: February 16, 2021 01:39 PM

Parole justice is racial justice. That's the message behind two bills being introduced in the New York State Legislature, calling for parole reform to allow more non-white inmates the chance for a second chance.

The Elder Parole Bill would allow the State Board of Parole to provide an evaluation for potential parole release for inmates 55 years old and older, who have already served at least 15 years.

Fair and Timely Parole Bill would provide more reviews for incarcerated people who are already eligible for parole.

Representatives from some 300 organizations are fighting for the passage of these bills, highlighting racial disparities that exists behind bars. They argue white people are granted parole at a far greater rate than black or brown people.

Meet some of the people supporting the bill, including an inmate who has been behind bars for 36 years, by watching the video of Subrina Dhammi's story.

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