Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced he's advancing five reforms to help people return to the community after getting out of prison.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced he's advancing five reforms to help people return to the community after getting out of prison.

The reforms include expanding existing state laws that outlaw employment discrimination against people with criminal convictions and initiating geriatric parole.

Inmates over the age of 55 who have served at least half of their sentences and have a debilitating illness could be eligible for parole.

"These reforms promote both public safety and the rehabilitation of individuals who have paid their debt to society," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. "By eliminating outdated and unnecessary barriers to opportunity, we will help these individuals reintegrate into their communities, break the vicious cycle of recidivism and create a safer, fairer New York for all."

The reforms are part of the state's 2019 budget proposal.