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.

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He’s Over 80, but a Convict Gets No Parole

Jul 28, 2015 | Farid

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.

For prisoners over age 60, the rate of recidivism is about 1 percent, compared with the general prison population, which a 2011 study put at about 40 percent in New York.Why do the older paroled inmates do better?

“They age out of crime,” said Mujahid Farid, a former prisoner and current Soros fellow who is working on a campaign to increase the rate of release of aging prisoners in New York. “They have spent a lot of time reflecting on their life,” he said. “Sometime, there is a lot of growth in prison, despite the oppressive conditions. Almost like a flower growing through cement.”

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