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Schneiderman supports DiNapoli report on “New York State's Aging Prison Population”


NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a statement in response to the "New York State's Aging Prison Population" report from the New York State Comptroller's office.

The full statement follows:

"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."