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LaValle, Thiele: Make violent criminals wait longer to apply for parole

ALBANY - Two Long Island lawmakers are making a late push for a bill that would make violent criminals wait longer to apply for parole.

Assemb. Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) and Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) will kick off their effort with a State Capitol news conference next week as lawmakers head into the final three weeks of the 2015 legislative session.

Their bill would change the current mandate that the state Parole Board give an inmate a hearing from every two to five years. But it gives the board leeway to grant an earlier hearing.

In a memo supporting the bill, Thiele and LaValle said that violent criminals more than likely will be denied parole every two years under the current system and that the frequency of applications forces the families of crime victims to "relive the horror of the crime for the sake of impressing upon the Parole Board the inappropriateness of early release."

"In these cases, when the board is confident that their opinion regarding parole release will not be changed by anything that can transpire within the next five years, the board should have the discretion to set the date for reconsideration of its denial of parole for any date within those five years," Thiele and LaValle wrote.

A similar proposal died in last year's legislative session. Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for the year on June 17.

 

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