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    New York State Parole Board: Failures in staffing and performance

    There are nearly 22,000 people serving indeterminate sentences in New York State prisons. Every year, 12,000 of these individuals appear before the Board of Parole in an attempt to secure their freedom. Due to the Board’s punitive policies and practices, and their susceptibility to political influence, the large majority of parole-eligible people are denied release.