Thanks for the update.
NY's felony punishments depend on the type of felony a person is convicted of. Here's a basic rundown:
Class D NON-VIOLENT
felony: 1 to 7 years (no minimum sentence
, so a person can get as little as probation)
Class D VIOLENT felony: 2 to 7 years (prison time is required)
Class E NON-VIOLENT felony: 1 year 4 months to 4 years (no minimum sentence, so a person can get as little as probation)
Class E VIOLENT felony: 1 year 6 months to 4 years (no minimum sentence, so a person can get as little as probation)
NY is an indeterminate sentencing state. That means they have parole. A judge sets a sentencing range with a minimum sentence but it's the parole board
who determines the exact length of the prison sentence, up to the maximum in the range the judge sets. The determination is based on the inmate's progress in prison, their rehabilitative potential, the nature of the convictions, remorse, etc.
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