Assemblyman David Weprin of Queens introduced legislation to permit some prison inmates who committed murder or rape to be eligible for parole once they reach age 55 and have served at least 15 years of their sentence.
This legislation would permit the state prison parole board to assess a convicted felon's potential risk to society as part of its decision on the possible early release of the inmate.
Both Weprin and co-sponsor State Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan argue that allowing these criminals to be eligible for parole could save New York State a billion dollars or more over time.
Weprin has yet to promote this legislation at one of his press conferences, and you will not read about it in one of his periodic newsletters mailed to constituents.
This legislation compliments a similar push to allow convicted felons the right to vote while serving time in prison.
What's next, reparations in the form of taxpayers rebates to reimburse ex-felons for lost income due to time served in prison?