Parole Reform: a topic of conversation among local officials and law enforcement personnel.
Many frustrated at the lack of communication and information from parole officers.
“You have the state system and the local police and we’re trying to get it so we very quickly know who’s out what the charges are and what the treat level for the community based on this person being out,” said Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn.
On Sunday, a 24-year-old parolee, Joseph Albert, was arrested following a gunpoint robbery in Henrietta.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Albert threatened two people with a gun, demanded their money, and ran into the woods before deputies arrived. Mark Assini, Gates Town Supervisor, and a strong proponent for Parole Reform, says this is another case of parole officers not monitoring parolees.
“This guy is out at 1am, commits a gun point robbery on Marketview Drive and for whatever reason – no body’s following it. If you have an ankle bracelet, somebody should be monitoring it.” Assini said.
The suspect was found later that day not by a Parole Officer, but the Monroe County Sheriff’s
K9 Unit. That’s when Deputies noticed Albert wearing a GPS tracking device.
However, then we saw that he had the ankle bracelet on and we contacted parole and they informed us through their technology that the individual was confirmed to be there at the times that the crime occurred.
Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn says this is yet another example of information needed to be shared faster – and the GPS tracking devices monitored more frequently. The area’s safety is not up to par – a necessary need to change.
The parole system needs to be reformed and we need to be able to get the information quicker so if we see something going on we might be able to track the individual quicker and prevent future crime.
The NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision responded about issues with GPS tracking devices saying: “Those identified as high risks are placed on active GPS monitoring and supervised at an intensive level. The determination to utilize GPS monitoring is made on a case by case basis.”
In regards to Sunday’s arrest: Albert was arraigned in Henrietta Town Court and remanded to the Monroe County jail without bail.