Action Resources

ringbells fb imageRing the Bells for Justice – Statewide Day of Action to Demand the SAFE Parole Act Now!

Learn More:

  • 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 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 or (917) 719-6455 when they join so we can publicize their efforts.


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
NY Inmate Families Forum
Prison Families Anonymous
350 Veterans Memorial Hwy.
Commack, NY 11725
Prison Families of New York
Legal Services
Center for Community Alternatives
25 Chapel Street,7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Legal Action Center
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
Cheryl L Kates, private attorney that specializes in parole denial. She does not provide free legal services.
PO Box 734
Victor, NY 14564
Reentry Services
Fortune Society
29-76 Northern Blvd
Queens, NY 11101
Osborne Association
175 Remsen St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Women’s Resources
Hour Children
13-07 37th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
Women’s Prison Association
110 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003

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