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NY Governor Pledges to Grant Voting Rights to Paroled Felons

In a speech on April 18, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged to grant voting rights to thousands of paroled felons arguing they had paid their debt to society and should be allowed to vote. Cuomo signed an executive order that provided conditional pardons to more than 35,000 felons who have completed their incarceration period but remain on parole to allow them to vote. Prior to this action, individuals convicted of a felony were not allowed to vote until the offender completed their prison sentence and parole period.  Convicted individuals who are on probation already more »

New York Court Orders to Apply Rehabilitation Factor Retroactively To Cases

Amazingly, a prisoner at the Mid Orange Correctional Facility in Warwick  represented himself (known as pro se) and successfully argued that the New York State Board of Parole failed to properly consider his rehabilitation before denying his parole. The case, titled Matter of Thwaites v. New York State Board of Parole, could have far reaching effects. In his decision, Judge Lawence H. Ecker was particularly scornful of the Board's approach, "The court finds the Board's decision denying parole in this case to be arbitrary and capricious, irrational, and improper based upon the more »