Post Release Supervision
New York has abandoned the parole system for persons who have been released from prison and has replaced it with what Post Release Supervision (PRS). Post Release Supervision was created to “do away” with the parole system in response to complaints about indeterminate sentencing. In sum, parole boards were deciding the true length of sentences as opposed to judges who actually imposed the sentence. For example, a convicted defendant who was serving a two to four (2-4) was eligible for parole after two years but the parole board determined whether that person would be released. So two people having the exact same record, sentenced to the exact same amount of time may wind up with widely varying sentences depending on who sat on their parole board. The PRS system instead allows sentencing judges greater control over sentencing by creating determinate sentences (i.e. two years, three years or four years) and allowing judges to give definitive times for PRS (the amount of time one spends under supervision when they are released from custody) based on the particular offense and offender.
It is essential to find attorneys who not only understand the sentencing and PRS systems, but who also know how to navigate the plea bargaining system and understand the minds of judges and prosecutors to earn for their clients the least amount of prison or Post Release Supervision time.
At Cohen & Forman, our attorneys have been working with people on Post Release Supervision since its inception. Call us for a consultation today.