This horrible governor of New York is now giving second chances to violent felons:
The state is reportedly paroling far more violent convicts under Governor Eliot Spitzer than his predecessor. According to the Daily News, ten percent of A-1 felons were granted parole this year, compared to a three to five percent parole rate between 2000 and 2005.A parole board spokesman tells the paper that despite the large increase, parole commissioners haven't been directed to release more inmates. And a source close to the governor tells the News that commissioners may just be feeling freer to use their discretion.
The report comes a day after some Republican lawmakers spoke out against Spitzer's plan to offer parole hearings to about one thousand violent felons. The governor is reportedly looking to settle a lawsuit filed by convicts, who say they've been denied hearings because commissioners have only focused on the nature of their crimes.