History of Parole

The former Division of Parole was established in the Executive Department on July 1, 1930. At that time, a full-time Board of Parole comprised of three members was created and paroling functions for all the State prisons were transferred from the Department of Corrections to the Division of Parole. The training schools, correctional institutions for mentally disabled prisoners, and the women's reformatory maintained separate parole systems until 1945 when parole was consolidated throughout the state.

In 1967, the New York State legislature passed legislation establishing authority for the Board of Parole to grant conditional release of parole to persons under definite sentences and to persons incarcerated in local reformatories. This legislation also provided for the transfer of duties and functions of the New York City Parole Commission to the New York State Division of Parole.

On January 1, 1971, the Division of Parole was consolidated with the Department of Corrections to form the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS). This merger was based on the premise that a coordinated effort of institutional and community supervision of convicted offenders would be more effective in reducing recidivism.

Parole remained part of DOCS until January 1, 1978, when the Division was once again placed in the Executive Department as a separate agency through the Parole Reform Act of 1977. In addition to reestablishing the Division as a separate agency, the 1977 legislation mandated the formal adoption of Parole Guidelines designed to structure the Parole Board's decisions concerning the minimum period of imprisonment and the granting or denying of parole release. 

In 2011, the New York State Department of Corrections and the New York State Division of Parole merged to form a new agency, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). As a result of this merger, the New York State Board of Parole is now part of DOCCS with independent decision and rule making authority regarding the powers and duties as described in Article 12-B of the Executive Law.

Mission

To ensure public safety by granting community supervision when appropriate under the governing standards, revoking community supervision when necessary, and discharging individuals from their sentence when it is in the best interest of society.

Core Services

The New York State Board of Parole is responsible for discretionary release, parole conditions, and revocations, as well as receiving victim impact statements and clemency recommendations.

Darryl C. Towns, Chairman

Chairman Darryl C. Towns joined the Board in 2022, as the first member appointed by Governor Kathy Hochul. He comes to the Board from American Airlines, serving as Regional Director of Government Affairs.

His previous state service consists of Commissioner and CEO for New York State’s Homes and Community Renewal agency from 2011-2015. Prior to that, he served as a New York State Assemblymember for the 54th district from 1993 – 2011.

During that tenure he spent time as Chair to the Banking, Veterans, Small Business and Science and Technology Committees, as well as the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Legislative Caucus. 

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and he is a veteran of the United States Air Force, in which he served from 1981-1986.  

Board Members

The Board of Parole consists of 15 members. Each member is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for a six-year term. One member is designated by the Governor to serve as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Division. 


BOARD MEMBERS

Updated May 2024

  Member

Originally Appointed By

Date of Original Confirmation

Reappointment

Term Expires

Home Office

County of Residence

Darryl Towns

Hon. Kathy Hochul

June 2, 2022

 

December 31, 2025

NYC

Kings

Joseph P. Crangle

Hon. David A. Paterson

June 19, 2008

June 20, 2014

June 16, 2020

Buffalo

Erie

Marc Coppola

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo

June 20, 2012

June 16, 2015

June 18, 2021

Buffalo

Erie

Tana Agostini

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo

June 19, 2017

 

August 31, 2019

Albany

Ulster

Erik Berliner

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo

June 19, 2017

 

June 18, 2022

Albany

Albany

Tyece Drake

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo

June 19, 2017

 

August 31, 2019

Albany

Albany

Charles Davis

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo

June 21, 2017

 

August 31, 2019

Albany

Albany

Michael Corley

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo

June 20, 2019

 

June 18, 2023

Suffolk

Suffolk

Chanwoo Lee

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo

June 20, 2019

 

July 7, 2023

Sufflok

Queens

Sheila Samuels

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo

June 20, 2019

 

February 2, 2023

New Rochelle

Bronx

Carlton Mitchell

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo

June 20, 2019

 

June 18, 2024

NYC

Queens

Elsie Segarra

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo

June 20, 2019

 

June 18, 2024

New Rochelle

Westchester

Ana Enright 

Hon. Kathy Hochul

June 9, 2023

 

July 6, 2029

NYC

Rockland

Erin McCabe 

Hon. Kathy Hochul

June 9, 2023

 

May 4, 2025

Buffalo

Erie

Donna Henken 

Hon. Kathy Hochul

June 9, 2023

 

June 8, 2028

NYC

New York

 

Compensation

Members of the New York State Board of Parole are compensated based on statute which can be found here. Board members are provided NYS tax exempt lodging and issued a state vehicle. They are also entitled to meal per diem reimbursements when in travel status at rates which are set by the United States General Service Administration (GSA).

Business Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF NYS BOARD OF PAROLE BUSINESS MEETINGS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to section 104 of the N.Y. Public Officers Law that the Board of Parole will conduct its 2024 monthly business meetings quarterly on the below dates. Said meetings shall take place at the New York State Training Academy of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision located at 1134 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY, 12208. Livestream information is forthcoming. 

        

1st Quarter                   Monday, April 15th                11:00AM

2nd Quarter                  Monday, June 10th               11:00AM

3rd Quarter                  Monday, September 16th     11:00AM

4th Quarter                  Monday, December 16th       11:00AM

       

*Please note, all meetings are subject to change. 

                                                                       Darryl C. Towns, Chairman

                                                                       Board of Parole

Upcoming Meetings

June 10, 2024 Business Meeting

Business Meeting Agenda

Past Meetings

April 15, 2024 Business Meeting

Business Meeting Agenda

April 2024 Meeting Transcript

Drafted Meeting Minutes

 

September 25, 2023 Business Meeting 

Business Meeting Agenda 

September 2023 Board of Parole Monthly Meeting Video 

Drafted Meeting Minutes 

September 2023 Meeting Transcript 

Approved Meeting Minutes

 

July 24, 2023 Business Meeting 

Business Meeting Agenda

Approved Meeting Minutes 

July 2023 Board of Parole Monthly Meeting Video 

July 2023 Meeting Transcript 

 

June 12, 2023 Business Meeting 

Business Meeting Agenda

Drafted Meeting Minutes 

Rule Text - Hearing Locations 

June 2023 Board of Parole Monthly Meeting Video 

June 2023 Meeting Transcript 

 

April 24, 2023 Business Meeting

 

March 6, 2023 Business Meeting

 

January 2023 Parole Board Public Business Meeting Agenda

 

December 2022 Board of Parole Business Meeting Agenda

 

November 2022 Board of Parole Business Meeting Agenda

 

October 21, 2022 Business Meeting

 

September 26, 2022 Business Meeting

 

August 22, 2022 Business Meeting

Board of Parole Business Meeting Agenda

August 22, 2022 Business Meeting Webcast

Approved Meeting Minutes

 

June 27, 2022 Business Meeting

 

May 2, 2022 Business Meeting

 

March 28, 2022 Business Meeting

 

February 28, 2022 Business Meeting

 

February 7, 2022 Special Meeting

 

January 31, 2022 Business Meeting

 

November 22, 2021 Business Meeting

 

September 20, 2021 Business Meeting Webcast

 

June 21, 2021 Business Meeting Webcast

 

May 24, 2021 Business Meeting Webcast

 

April 19, 2021 Business Meeting Webcast

 

March 22, 2021 Business Meeting Webcast

 

February 22, 2021 Business Meeting Webcast

 

January 25, 2021 Business Meeting Webcast

 

November 24, 2020 Business Meeting Webcast

 

October 19, 2020 Business Meeting Webcast

 

August 24, 2020 Business Meeting Webcast

 

February 24, 2020 Business Meeting Webcast

 

January 27, 2020 Business Meeting Webcast

 

December 9, 2019 Business Meeting Webcast

 

October 21, 2019 Business Meeting Webcast

 

September 23, 2019 Business Meeting Webcast

Contact Information

Mailing AddressNew York State Board of Parole1220 Washington AvenueAlbany, New York 12226Phone518-473-4069