Albany Times Union: Judge Faults Parole Drug Test Policy

An Albany man, represented by Lee Kindlon of Kindlon Shanks & Associates, who was jailed for 47 days after a state parole officer accused him of failing a drug test three years ago was maliciously prosecuted and may be entitled to financial damages, a state judge ruled this week. Records and testimony in the case also reveal that state parole supervisors routinely ignore the results of laboratory drug tests performed on parolees, who are often locked up on the basis of pre-screening drug tests because of the possibility that lab samples are mishandled.