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Families of elderly convicts call for parole bill

Created: May 29, 2021 07:36 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester families of longtime convicts are calling on lawmakers for change. 

The activists gathered at the Rochester Public Market on Saturday urging the local state delegation to help pass elder parole bills. They say there is a crisis of people dying in prison, and accuse the state's parole board of racism.

"Disproportionately impacted black and brown people who are usually board who are also themselves victims of child abuse and all kinds of abuse," says Stanley Martin, a Parole Reentry Coordinator. "So we're trying to see the parole board to get a fair chance to be seen as the human beings they are."

Statistics show nearly one-in-four convicts in state prison from Monroe County are serving life sentences, and 15% of them are defined as older adults. 

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