Ex-Parole Commissioners Decry Rescission of 'Cop Killer' Release

, New York Law Journal


Six former New York state parole commissioners have signed on to an unprecedented amicus brief that accuses the board of caving in to outside pressure to keep behind bars a "cop killer" who long ago paid his debt to society.

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  • Todd Houslanger, Esq.

    I am awestruck by the brave display of courage exhibited by the former members of the Board of Parole to speak out in pursuit of justice and righteousness. In over 24 years defending individuals in parole revocation hearings, it is refreshing to see truth above politics. The rationale for indeterminate sentences (a minimum and maximum) and for the establishment of the Board of Parole is too allow appointed officials to independently evaluate the risks to the community upon release and balance that with the rehabilitation sought by incarceration. It is sadly unfortunate when officials succumb to political pressures. The situations above clearly highlight where our penal institutions have succeeded and the Parole review systems have failed. Our citizens and community need to have confidence in both so that we can all rely upon and trust our system of justice. It is now up to the Courts to review with impartiality. My faith is with them. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

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