On January 1, new parole guidelines went into effect in New York. Rather than one-size-fits-all parole rules, New York will now begin classifying offenders by risk level and tailoring their supervision requirements accordingly.

New York has suffered one of the highest parole revocation rates in the nation, and the revocation reason was usually a technical parole violation rather than a new offense.

Parolees were being sent back to prison for minor rule infractions—with a hefty price tag for taxpayers—at a high rate, so New York followed the lead of other states in revamping its parole process.