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.
The very same police union that refuses to recognize that #BlackLivesMatter also prevents elders from winning release on parole from state prisons.
An article from "The Roots of Mass Incarceration: Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor," edited by Mumia Abu-Jamal & Johanna Fernandez
Wednesday, January 28, 2015: How advocates & attorneys can fight for parole justice in NY state—a continuing legal education program
There wouldn't be so many elders incarcerated in NY prisons if the parole board worked as it should.
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.
Mujahid Farid, campaign manager of RAPP, describes his efforts to gain his parole when in prison. Mr. Farid was incarcerated for 33 years. During this time, he achieved an Associates Degree, a Bachelors Degree, and 2 Masters Degrees and counseled inmates during the AIDS epidemic. Still no parole. Mr. Farid urges reform of the parole system.
One woman tells the story of how she got involved in RAPP, Release Aging People in Prison.
A RAPP member explains why it just makes sense to reform current parole practices in New York State.
A member of RAPP shares about the long sentences political prisoners face and how parole reform could make a difference.
A member of the RAPP campaigns shares why parole reform matters to families.