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Changes to Parole Laws Signal Potentially Sweeping Policy Shift

, New York Law Journal

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Philip M. Genty, a professor at Columbia Law School, writes: The year 2011 proved to be an active one for legislation affecting corrections and parole. In addition to the closure of seven prisons and the merger of the Department of Correctional Services and Division of Parole, the legislative season included amendments that require the Parole Board to adopt risk assessment "procedures" that focus on the extent of an individual's rehabilitation and her or his likelihood of success after release.

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