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Release of Parolees is State's Responsibility
By southeast.patch.com - Patch Staff
Published: 05/01/2012

The release of sexual predators from prison back into society is a "continuing problem" in this area, according to County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

She is calling for New York State to reevaluate the prisoner sentencing process and step in when it comes to release costs. Odell also announced plans to assemble a task force aimed at "successful ... reintegration" for both the recently released and the community at large.

Her office issued the following in a press release Monday afternoon:

The placement of persons released to community supervision under the supervision of the former Division of Parole is a process dictated by the State. The cost to the County to manage the re-entry into the community of released prisoners range from the housing cost for those released as 'homeless' to the administrative expenses incurred on our Sheriff and local police departments for the community notification laws for sex offenders. Additionally the expenses borne by the various social services required to help those under supervision make a safe re-entry into the community are all unfunded and underfunded state mandates.

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