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Connections: Discussing the Less is More Act

New York has passed one of the most ambitious pieces of parole reform in the country, and police leaders are not happy about it. The law is called the Less is More Act. It prohibits re-incarceration of people on parole for "technical violations" of parole. In other words, if a parolee misses a meeting, or flunks a drug test, they wouldn't automatically go back to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter published a list of dozens of people who have already been released under the law; he says these are violent offenders and the community is now less safe. Our guests debate it:

  • Korey Brown, Monroe County Undersheriff
  • Jim VanBrederode, chief of the Gates Police Department
  • Jacquelyn Grippe, Monroe County Senior Assistant Public Defender
  • Sebrone Johnson, senior vice president of operations for the Urban League of Rochester

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.