The revision of Executive Law §259(c) included in this year's executive budget requires the parole board to establish and apply "risk and needs principles to measure the rehabilitation of persons appearing before the board" and the likelihood of success should the offender be released. In the past, the board "could" consider those factors; now it "must" consider them.
Winston Moseley was among the first group of parole-eligible offenders subject to the new criteria (New York Law Journal, September 30 2011). An examination of the transcript of Moseley's parole hearing provided by the New York Law Journal indicates that nothing much has changed; despite the revision in the law the board still focused almost entirely on the nature of his crime, giving very little consideration to his achievements while in prison or his plans if released. Moseley has been denied parole for the 15th time.
John Caher gives the board's decision:
The parole board, in a decision by Commissioners Henry Lemons and Sally A. Thompson, said it took into consideration Mr. Moseley's "good institutional conduct and your many program and institutional accomplishments," as well as "your letters of support and all relevant matters required by law." However, the board told Mr. Moseley that, "After a review of all factors it is the conclusion that there remains a probability that if released you might not live at liberty without re-offending. You remain a threat to the community and parole is again denied."
For further details, see:
Kitty Genovese's murderer is denied parole, by John Caher (New York Law Journal, November 8 2011)
Law Requires Board to Assess Rehabilitation in Parole Rulings, by John Caher (New York Law Journal, September 30 2011)