ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC)- In recent months, quite a few high-profile violent crimes in the Rochester region have been linked to homeless parolees sparking the debate about whether the streak of crimes has to do with how the Department of Corrections releases parolees back into the community and a lack of support.
The two most well-known examples of a parolee re-arrest involve Michael Caruthers and Korane Womack. Caruthers raped a 14-year-old girl just hours after being released from prison instead of checking into the Salvation Army. Womack is being accused of rape and attempting to rape two women days after his prison release, he was supposed to check into the Francis Catholic Center on Joseph Avenue.
27-year-old Maurice Sinkler, was a homeless parolee. He served time in prison for a weapons charge from 2008 to 2013. Upon his release, Sinkler said he had a plan and guidance that helped him get to the Salvation Army, where he rebuilt his life.
“I did my time, I stayed in the law library, practicing law, studying it,” Sinkler said.
The Salvation Army is a homeless shelter where dozens of parolees call home, every year.
Michael Rood, the Director of Social Services for the shelter said the facility and the Department of Corrections have had an informal relationship, working with one another since 1996.
“Our philosophy has been rather than discharge someone right to the streets without a place to go we’d rather take them in,” Rood said. “We usually take three people in a week and work with them to get connected with that they need. We can have at any given time with transition maybe 10 parolees a month in the house.”