Reports: State Paroling More Violent Convicts Under Spitzer
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The state is reportedly paroling far more violent convicts under Governor Eliot Spitzer than his predecessor.
According to the Daily News, ten percent of A-1 felons were granted parole this year, compared to a three to five percent parole rate between 2000 and 2005.
A parole board spokesman tells the paper that despite the large increase, parole commissioners haven't been directed to release more inmates. And a source close to the governor tells the News that commissioners may just be feeling freer to use their discretion.
The report comes a day after some Republican lawmakers spoke out against Spitzer's plan to offer parole hearings to about one thousand violent felons.
The governor is reportedly looking to settle a lawsuit filed by convicts, who say they've been denied hearings because commissioners have only focused on the nature of their crimes.