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Warrant Canceled for Client in Critical Condition

The New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision canceled its parole warrant against Nicholas Feliciano, an 18-year-old Legal Aid client who recently attempted suicide in New York City Department of Correction custody at Rikers Island and who remains in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, according to ABC News.

“We are relieved that the New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision canceled the parole warrant pending against Nicholas Feliciano, our client who is still battling for his life at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens,” reads a statement from The Legal Aid Society. “However, this does not abate our concerns over the New York City Department of Correction’s failure to properly screen and address Mr. Feliciano’s mental health issues, which were known to the City at the time of his remand. Moreover, this tragedy further underscores the need for Albany to enact comprehensive parole reform legislation immediately next session to address cases like Nicholas’, where the alleged violation of parole does not rise to the level of a new criminal charge.”