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.
This poem was written in prison in 1998 by Laura Whitehorn, now an organizer for RAPP
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.
Interview at Albany New York Political Event
Shazzia's interest in prison issues comes from family experience
Farid from RAPP says he has first-hand experience with the pain of people aging in prison
Mrs. Rose Laborde is 90. Her son has been incarcerated in New York state for more than 30 years. Visiting grows harder as families age along with their incarcerated loved ones.