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Arianna Fishman, afishman@nyclu.org, 212-607-3372

June 10, 2021

ALBANY – The New York state legislature passed the Less is More Act, which will prevent most people accused of technical parole violations from being put behind bars, and provide protections to ensure people are not incarcerated while their alleged parole violation is adjudicated.

In response, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement from Policy Counsel Jared Trujillo:

“Today, the New York state legislature took a common-sense and overdue step towards ending mass incarceration by passing the Less is More Act, which will bring our state’s inhumane practice of detaining New Yorkers for non-criminal technical parole violations to an end, and shorten the length of time that New Yorkers are subjected to parole supervision.

“This legislation recognizes that people on parole who have committed no new crimes should be with their communities and families, not behind bars for missing an appointment. Governor Cuomo must curtail the one of the most regressive parole systems in the country by signing the Less is More Act into law without delay.”