You can't escape this news: The number of elders behind bars in this country continues to rise. Time to release aging people in prison, we say.
Pay attention, New York! California has been changing its parole policies in ways favorable to basic human rights and economic good sense.
Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP works to reduce the number of elderly and infirm people in New York State prisons. The number of people over age 50 in New York State has risen 84% since 2000; it now exceeds 9,000—more than 17% of the total incarcerated population. Learn how to get involved at our next meeting.
Incarcerating elders makes no sense—unless the prison system is based on social control of people of color
My father, Robert Seth Hayes, is one of the longest held political prisoners in the United States. He has been an inmate of the New York State Correctional system since 1973. He was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. Forty one years is long enough. It is time for him to come home.
California is taking steps to release incarcerated elders. New York is doing the opposite.
Until February 1, 2014, the public can comment on the Board of Parole’s proposed regulation revisions and on the problems with current parole practices. Here is a listing of some of the incarcerated people, advocates, organizations, individuals, and family members that have already submitted comments.
Even amidst a modest reduction in the U.S. prison population, the number of aging men and women expected to die behind bars has skyrocketed in a system ill prepared to handle them and still oriented towards mass incarceration.
My father, Robert Seth Hayes, has been an inmate of the New York State Correctional system since 1972. He was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. I was only two years old at the time of his incarceration.