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Another Man Died at Rikers as Lawmakers Voted on Parole Bill that Might Have Saved Him

Jose Mejia Martinez succumbed after an arrest for stealing beer triggered a parole violation. It marked the third such death at Rikers Island since April. The bill passed Thursday would help parolees avoid returning to jail.

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Parole Reform Bill Set to Pass in Albany After Rikers Deaths

Lawmakers announced a deal to overhaul New York’s parole system to limit when parolees could be re-jailed. The move comes days after THE CITY revealed the April deaths of two men sent back to jail for low-level arrests.

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Death of Two Men at Rikers — One Held on Shoplifting Rap — Amplifies Push to Overhaul Parole Rules

The deaths of Thomas Braunson and Richard Blake come as lawmakers rush to pass the "Less is More" reform package that would restrict re-jailings on minor charges. But the clock is ticking with the Legislature set to break for summer next week.

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Too Many Parolees Being Sent Back to Rikers Unnecessarily, Advocates Say

Criminal justice reform advocates contend that authorities should stop putting people who have not committed any new crimes in jail for technical parole violations — especially during a pandemic.

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First Rikers Virus-Positive Fatality Was Jailed on Technicality

Michael Tyson, who died Sunday, was awaiting a hearing on parole violation. Inmate advocates said he shouldn’t have been behind bars.

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Defenders Plead for ‘Intimate’ Rikers Parole Hearings to Go to Video

The parole process was chaos on Rikers Island Monday as defense attorneys refused to attend hearings they feared were ripe for spreading coronavirus.

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State Sets Rules to Give Due Process to Child Parolees

Action follows judicial rebuke of city Administration for Children’s Services over how it decided which teens to send back to detention.

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Proposed State Parole Overhaul Gains Wider Backing

The New York State Bar Association is endorsing a push to eliminate jailing for minor technical parole violations.

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Deadlocked Parole Panels Leave Prisoners in Limbo

Staffing shortages of commissioners lead to split decisions on hundreds of cases for early release, forcing costly and emotionally draining do-overs.

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Longest-Serving Woman Inmate’s Death Makes Her Case a Cause

The death of Valerie Gaiter, who murdered an elderly Brooklyn couple in 1979, renews push to mandate parole hearings for prisoners over 55.

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Two Days After Death of Transgender Woman in Jail, Another Detainee Died

Jose Rivera, 54, had been in city jail custody for 33 days on a parole violation when he died Sunday. He never saw a lawyer.

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Prisoners Locked Out of State Criminal Justice Overhaul

Bills calling for granting older inmates parole hearings and reining in solitary confinement languish late into the state Legislature’s session.

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Brooklyn DA Vows: I Won’t Fight Parole in Most Cases

The new policy – and related changes – represents a major shift for Eric Gonzalez, who lost his brother to gun violence two decades ago.