Only four months after criticism over the parole of former radical Kathy Boudin, New York Board of Parole Chairman Brion Travis is being shifted to a job at the state Insurance Department, says the office of Gov. George Pataki. The Associated Press notes that Pataki was highly critical of the Boudin parole.
Travis, 52, will serve as parole board chairman until March 1, when he will be replaced in the $120,800-a-year post by parole board member Robert Dennison. Travis will fill a new position at the Insurance Department — deputy superintendent of disaster planning and preparedness.
A two-member parole board panel in August ordered Boudin released after 22 years in prison. The decision prompted outrage from police groups and relatives of the victims. Boudin was convicted of murder and robbery after a 1981 Brink’s armored car heist that left two police officers and a security guard dead.
Less than a month after the Boudin parole decision was announced, Travis turned over day-to-day administrative responsibilities to Dennison. The AP quoted an official as saying that the shift of responsibilities was a direct result of the Boudin parole. Travis has been parole board chairman since 1995. Dennison has been on the board since 2000.