Sign the SAFE Parole Petition: Tell NY to fairly evaluate applicants

New York State Legislature and Governor

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The SAFE Parole Act will reform the parole process by ensuring that parole applicants are fairly evaluated for their readiness to re-enter their communities.

Currently, thousands of community-ready men and women in prison are denied parole every year based solely on the nature of the crime, which they can never change, and which was already taken into account when they were sentenced.

New York cannot meaningfully reduce its bloated prison population without changing its cruel, wasteful, and ineffective parole system.

Please sign the petition to ensure that parole applicants are fairly evaluated.

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To: New York State Legislature and Governor
From: [Your Name]

We, the undersigned, urge both houses of the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, the SAFE Parole Act. This legislative bill will reform the parole process by ensuring that parole applicants are fairly evaluated for their readiness to re-enter their communities. Currently, thousands of community-ready men and women in prison are denied parole every year based solely on the nature of the crime, which they can never change, and which was already taken into account when they were sentenced. They may have a clean prison record, have completed every program and tried by every means available to demonstrate their rehabilitation, only to be condemned at a cursory hearing to another two years behind bars – over and over, often for as many as ten, twenty, or thirty years beyond their minimum sentence.

“I have been in prison for 29 years. My parole hearing lasted 4 minutes.”

New York cannot meaningfully reduce its bloated prison population without changing its cruel, wasteful, and ineffective parole system.

The SAFE Parole Act requires that parole applicants who have served their minimum sentences be evaluated on their readiness for reentry. It requires the Parole Board to specify in detail what the board requires of parole applicants. Once those expectations have been fulfilled, and the applicant is fairly evaluated for their current readiness to re-enter the community, their application will be approved. The SAFE Parole Act would restore the intent of parole: to offer people convicted of a crime the opportunity to become productive members of their communities.

We urgently call on the legislature to pass and the governor to sign the SAFE parole act.