Prisons

New York State continues to systematically release prisoners to balance their budgets and close prisons. We believe that is not in the best interest of keeping our citizens safe. The government’s role is to protect its citizens from those who have harmed or continue to harm individuals. Prisoners should have to work toward reentry into society; their food, shelter, and clothing cost taxpayers’ money, and New York State should have the ability to require prisoners to reimburse the state.  Every reasonable effort must be made to ensure that people who are held in jail are given a speedy trial to determine their guilt or innocence and that discovery must include all the legally obtained information and be provided within a reasonable amount of time, (currently, 20 days if in custody and 35 days when not in custody) which could ultimately allow the release of the suspected criminal on this technicality.