Release Aging People in Prison

RAPP (RAPPCampaign.com) promotes the release of people in New York State prisons who are age 50 and older, have served considerable time, and pose no threat to public safety. We urge the governor and other policy-makers to use existing mechanisms—parole, compassionate release, and clemency— to release these elders, and to pass the S.A.F.E. Parole Act to increase parole release rates for everyone.

Come to our monthly meeting in NYC: WEDNESDAY, July 5th, 2017 • 6:00-8:15 pm (with pizza and soda) • Columbia School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Avenue (121/122nd Street), 8th Floor, New York, NY 10027

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HARD TIME VIRGINIA , by Harvey Yoder
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Saturday, February 25, 2017 HARD TIME VIRGINIA Volume 2, Number 2 ...
Women in Need of Freedom: Patty Prewitt
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In an essay publshed in 2013, Patty Prewitt described meeting a caseworker in the Women's Easter, Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, Missouri. The caseworker told her: "I think we should start a cemetery... A graveyard for you and the others serving no-parole."  Pr...
Elders in need of freedom: Larry Yarbrough
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Larry Yarbrough is one of Oklahoma's incarcerated people aged 50 and older who are currently serving life without parole for nonviolent drug offenses. After 22 years of incarceration, he uses a wheelchair and suffers from diabetes and congestive heart failure. He has never had a citation for miscond...
Women in need of freedom: Eraina Pretty, 56, incarcerated in Maryland
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The Maryland Parole Commission recommended Eraina for release. That recommendation was denied in 2011.
Help Push the NYS Parole Board Closer to Justice
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Fueled by our grief over the death of John MacKenzie in his 40th year in prison and after his 10th parole denial, we must now pu...
Share RAPP Stories
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The RAPP Campaign invites you to add your story about aging behind bars. Speak from the heart. Share your experience.
How I got involved in prison issues
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One woman tells the story of how she got involved in RAPP, Release Aging People in Prison.
A Mother’s Story of Visiting an Aging Incarcerated Man
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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.
Della’s view on aging prisoners
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Shazzia’s story
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Shazzia's interest in prison issues comes from family experience
Yaa Asantewaa Nzinga on The Issue
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Interview at Albany New York Political Event
Salina on the Elderly
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Why Parole Reform Matters to Me—Family Member Perspective
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A member of the RAPP campaigns shares why parole reform matters to families.
He’s Over 80, but a Convict Gets No Parole
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Mr. Koti will officially be 85 years old on Friday, but his mother told him he was born in 1926, not 1928 as the records show. So perhaps he will be 87. The case is now so old that the parole board cannot find a copy of the transcript from his sentencing.
Five on the Elderly
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EXPOSE THE NYS PAROLE BOARD FOR PROPOSING TOOTHLESS REGULATIONS
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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 comme...
Rebbe, the Radical and the Rev
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The November 11th show of the Rebbe, the Radical and the Rev was a dialogue between host Jim Vrettos, Beatty Cohan Vrettos – host of the Ask Beatty Show on Progressive Radio Network, and prisoner rights activists Larry White Of Hope Lives for Lifers Project, Mujahid Farid of the Release Aged Prisoners Program, and Angel Ramos of the Breathing Space Organization.
ROBERT SETH HAYES DESERVES TO BE RELEASED
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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.
Onleilove on the Elderly
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Farid on aging prisoners
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Farid from RAPP says he has first-hand experience with the pain of people aging in prison
Release My Father
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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.
AMY GOODMAN ON POLITICAL PRISONERS AND THE ELDERLY
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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.
If Cali Can, Why Can’t NY?
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California is taking steps to release incarcerated elders. New York is doing the opposite. Pay attention, New York! California has been changing its parole policies in ways favorable to basic human rights and economic good sense.  In the last three years, the state has released nearly 1,4...
The Nature of the Crime
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Why Parole Matters to Me—A Community Member’s Perspective
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A RAPP member explains why it just makes sense to reform current parole practices in New York State.
NYPD chief-turned-inmate Kerik: Prison system is ‘broken’
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The former NYC police commissioner sits down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer to discuss his time in prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud and lying to the White House. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
RAPP’s Mujahid Farid Breaks It Down
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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.
Why Parole Reform Matters to Me—Impact on Political Prisoners
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A member of RAPP shares about the long sentences political prisoners face and how parole reform could make a difference.
New York State Assembly Hearing on Parole
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http://www.correctionalassociation.org/resource/nys-assembly-committee-on-correction-hearing-re-board-of-parole-practices-december-4-2013
Aging People in The North Country
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This year, North Country Public Radio (NY) has been looking in-depth at the growth of the prison industry here in our region, across New York and around the country.