Statement From A.G. Schneiderman On Comptroller Dinapoli’s “New York State's Aging Prison Population” Report

 News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2017

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STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON COMPTROLLER DINAPOLI’S “NEW YORK STATE'S AGING PRISON POPULATION” REPORT

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement:

“I thank Comptroller DiNapoli for providing much-needed data about the increasing age of New York’s prison population. As noted in the Comptroller’s report, studies show that elderly inmates with good behavioral records have lower rates of recidivism but cost more to incarcerate, which is why I have long supported effective, evidence-based compassionate release guidelines for qualifying members of this population. Such programs already exist in the federal system, Virginia, Louisiana, and Ohio, and this report will aid policymakers as they seek to address these issues here in New York.”