What the New York Daily News calls a rogue’s gallery of cop killers, arsonists, and rapists would win new parole hearings under a deal being worked out with the administration of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. The agreement would settle a federal lawsuit by 1,000 violent convicts who contend they’ve repeatedly been denied parole by commissioners who focused only on the heinousness of the crimes. The deal would require the parole commissioners to consider an inmate’s remorse and rehabilitation – as the law requires – in making a decision. The longest-serving criminals would be among the first to get a new hearing.
Among them is Barrington Young, an accomplice in the 1980 killing of an off-duty Brooklyn cop. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said that, “In a state where there is no death penalty, there should be no parole for violent felons or murderers. It is our view that the state’s parole laws are far too lenient and allow too many violent criminals back onto our city’s streets only to commit more heinous acts. No cop killer should ever be given the opportunity to walk the streets a free person again.”