Release Aging People in Prison

RAPP ( 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, September 6th, 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

Feb 27, 2017 | by Laura Whitehorn

Saturday, February 25, 2017
HARD TIME VIRGINIA Volume 2, Number 2

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Deaths In Virginia Prisons
According to the 12/7/16 THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT suicide is the third largest cause of death among inmates in DOC custody, accounting for 32 deaths in the decade of 2004-2014, exceeded only by deaths resulting from cancer and from heart failure.

Board of Corrections To Get Funding to Investigate Jail Deaths
The tragic death of mentally handicapped Jamychael Mitchell in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail 8 months ago has resulted in an action by a General Assembly Committee to budget $100,000 to investigate such incidents.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

     “Gov. Terry McAuliffe had proposed giving the Board of Corrections responsibility for investigating jail deaths, whether its members liked it or not, and included $200,000 in next year’s budget to pay for it. The House cut the money from its budget, but the Senate retained half of the amount. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran said the administration would prefer giving the investigative authority entirely to the Board of Corrections with adequate staff members to carry it out, but he added, ‘We are pleased that it’s moving forward…'”
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