Dr. Benjamin Hooks once famously said, “You can read the history of a country through its actions.” On Monday, April 19, 2010, the New York State Senate paused to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Hooks, a stalwart in the fight to eliminate racism and create a fairer, more just America for our Nation’s children.
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.
Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and CorrectionChair: Senator Ruth Hassell-ThompsonPublic Hearing: Parole Supervision: Drug Testing and Graduated Sanctions for ParoleesPlace: State Capitol Building, Room 124, Albany, New YorkTime: 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Jackie Jenkins-Cox (518) 455-2061Media Contact: Marianne Reilly (518) 455-2061ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chair of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Crime, Crime Victims and Corrections today announced that she will convene a public hearing on the issues raised in the case of Howard Tucker, a 37-year-old parolee released by the Division of Parole who was shot to death by Albany police on February 16th following a traffic stop.
Today, the New York State Senate voted to make our communities safer by passing Senate Bill 2923 which would require the Division of Criminal Justice Services to update sex offender information to victims, their families and the community if an offender is in violation of registration requirements.