- Read a recent New York Times editorial calling for parole reform
- Download a fact sheet comparing the current parole system to proposed changes under the SAFE Parole Act
- Check out our online gallery of letters from people in prison Coming Soon
- Read the full text and legislative history of the SAFE Parole Act.
- Who supports parole reform? Check to see if your local legislators have sponsored the SAFE Parole Act here.
Take Action: Ask your local elected officials to sponsor the SAFE Parole Act (S.1128/A.4108) on April 16, 2014!
We’re asking State Assembly members and Senators to stand up for parole reform by sponsoring the SAFE Parole Act on April 16, 2014. We hope to get 75 Assembly members on board as well as key State Senators. We need your help to motivate them to do so. You can contact them in a variety of ways. Here’s how:
- Send a letter to your State Assembly person and State Senator urging them to sponsor the SAFE Parole Act today. Find contact information for your Assembly person and Senator here. Download a sample letter.
- Meet with your local elected officials at their district office. This is the most effective way to gain their support, because you bring faces and names to this important struggle. If you are interested in going with a group of people, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you organize with your neighbors.
- Call-in to support the SAFE Parole Act (S.1128/A.4108). If you cannot meet with your elected official on April 16th, please call both their district and Albany offices on April 16th in solidarity with us. Get your local elected officials’ phone numbers here.
- Join us in the streets! Groups in Buffalo, Rochester, Ithaca, Bronx, Staten Island and Utica will be planning events and rallies on April 16th to demand SAFE Parole. Get details on all of these local events here.
Take Action: Ring the Bells for Justice at your Local Church on April 16, 2014.
The New York State Council of Churches has called on churches across New York to ring their bells at noon and dedicate the day’s sermon on April 16th to demonstrate support for parole reform. Ask your place of worship to participate and help spread the word about SAFE Parole. Ask your place of worship to contact us at email@example.com or (917) 719-6455 when they join so we can publicize their efforts.
- Download and share this letter from Rev. Paula Gravelle about Ring the Bells for Justice.
- Information Guide for Congregations
- Information for Bulletins and Newsletters
- Learn more about Troy, NY’s history as a site for church bell manufacturing up until the 1950’s.
- Join us! Join this action on Facebook. Tell you church to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (917) 719-6455 if they’d like to be added to the list of participating churches.
Additional Resources for Families and People in Prison:
We know many families are facing personal challenges with the parole board today. We are not lawyers or social workers and cannot provide support for individual cases. We can, however, suggest you contact the following for more support.Family Support Coalition of Families of NY Lifers PO Box 1314 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 email@example.com NY Inmate Families Forum www.newyorkinmatefamilies.org Prison Families Anonymous 350 Veterans Memorial Hwy. Commack, NY 11725 631-943-0441 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.pfa-li.com Prison Families of New York http://www.prisonfamiliesofnewyork.org Legal Services Center for Community Alternatives 25 Chapel Street,7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
www.communityalternatives.org Legal Action Center 225 Varick Street New York, NY 10014 212-243-1313 http://www.lac.org Cheryl L Kates, private attorney that specializes in parole denial. She does not provide free legal services. PO Box 734 Victor, NY 14564 585-820-3818 email@example.com Reentry Services Fortune Society 29-76 Northern Blvd Queens, NY 11101 212-691-7554 www.fortunesociety.org Osborne Association 175 Remsen St Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-637-6560 http://www.osborneny.org Women’s Resources Hour Children
13-07 37th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101 (718)-433-4724 Women’s Prison Association 110 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003 646-292-7764