A ex-con vagrant accused of beating a woman in a Queens subway station had been arrested for violating his parole weeks before the caught-on-video attack — only to be cut loose thanks to a state “reform’’ backed by Gov. Hochul, critics charge.
Waheed Foster, 41, was still on parole for an assault rap when he was arrested twice for misdemeanors in August, records show.
But instead of being held on the parole violation — as his parole officer wanted — a judge freed the career criminal, who also killed his grandma when he was 14.
New York state’s new “Less is More” act — signed into law by Hochul in 2021 — allowed the move by taking away the discretion of parole officers to be able to put dangerous criminals back behind bars themselves.
The law essentially allows accused parole violators new levels of due process, with the goal of keeping people with low-level technical violations out of jail. But critics say it is also resulting in alleged dangerous people walking free when they would have previously been locked up.