An important component of the FY 2021 proposed budget includes an Article that would implement a procedure for geriatric parole in Rhode Island. We were highly supportive of this proposal, which would ensure that the state does not need to continue paying for the incarceration of individuals whose age and health needs preclude them from being significant risks to public safety. Especially in the perspective of both national and statewide campaigns to examine the financial and social impacts of mass incarceration, this proposal, which make eligible for parole some offenders over the age of 65, is effectively pragmatic and compassionate.


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