On November 4, 2009, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson was presented with the Benjamin Ward Leadership Award by the New York State Minorities in Criminal Justice, Inc. Benjamin Ward served with great distinction as the former Commissioner of both the NYS Department of Correctional Services and the NYC Police Department.
Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Chair: Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson Public Hearing: Parole Supervision: Drug Testing and Graduated Sanctions for Parolees Place: State Capitol Building, Room 124, Albany, New York Time: 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. Contact: Jackie Jenkins-Cox (518) 455-2061 Media Contact: Marianne Reilly (518) 455-2061 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
As Chairwoman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, I was disturbed to hear of last Thursday's shooting incident in the downtown Brooklyn Office of the Division of Parole. It is very alarming that anyone could enter the building without being scanned for a concealed weapon.