An effort to change how parole is overseen and enforced is winning the support of a coalition of sheriffs, district attorneys, state lawmakers and advocates for criminal justice reform.

The parole changes are meant to limit and eventually end the return of people to prison for committing technical violations of their release.

Among the provisions: Capping jail time for technical parole violations at 30 days, providing earned time credits for a reduction in community supervision and a strengthening of due process procedures. At the same time, supporters want access to hearings on a faster basis.

“On any given day, the number of New Yorkers in state jails because of technical violations of their parole is over 6,000, more than 12 percent of the total prison population,” said Sen. Brian Benjamin, a Democrat from Manhattan.

“On Rikers Island, the only group that is increasing is New Yorkers jailed for a technical violation of their parole, with more than 700 people jailed there today. If we are serious about ending mass incarceration, we shouldn’t be locking people up for a speeding ticket or being late for curfew. It speaks volumes that a coalition of people who make laws, enforce laws, and have been affected by these laws all support this legislation.”

The changes have the backing of New York City district attorneys as well as Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.

“I believe we need to take a common sense approach to this issue. When you are dealing with human beings with different backgrounds and a variety of other contributing factors, I think it is wrong to apply a uniform harsh standard,” he said.

“In Albany County, we have recognized the positive impact that incentives and diversionary services can have on changing lives. The Less Is More Act addresses these areas and in the case of a violation, protects the rights of due process and speedy hearings, and I am in support of the Less Is More Act to help reform the New York State Parole system.”

And the measure has the backing of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice.

“New York State is known to be a progressive leader in criminal justice reform, a leading voice in the fight for basic human dignity, and a strong supporter of ‘second chances.’ Yet our parole system is sending so many people back to jail and prison for simple technical violations,” said Donna Hylton, the director of the Women And Girls project for the group. “It now has the terrible distinction of being a national leader in re-incarcerating people who are on parole. Sending people back to jail and prison for simple technical parole violations is deeply flawed and undermines the reentry process.”