Grandparents Behind Bars: a panel discussion
Join the Release of Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign on October 12, 2013 at Fordham University for discussion on why we should release aging people in prison.
The RAPP Campaign is an organizing and policy project that aims to establish a parole process in New York that is transparent, all inclusive, and fair, in which the state bases its parole decisions on legitimate public safety risk and individuals’ demonstrated personal growth while in prison.
Led by Mujahid Farid, a 2013 Soros Justice Fellow who was incarcerated for 33 years in New York before his release in 2011, the RAPP Campaign focuses on the rapidly growing population of aging people in prison — many of whom are long-termers convicted of serious crimes. Many of these human beings have taken responsibility for their crimes, have transformed their lives and developed skills and abilities they lacked before incarceration, and could be released from prison with no threat to public safety. Yet, many are denied release, often for political reasons, and needlessly remain imprisoned into old age.
The RAPP Campaign is generously hosted by the Correctional Association of New York. To contact Mujahid Farid, please call the Correctional Association at 212-254-5700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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