New York: Activists Call on Gov. Cuomo to Close Attica Prison

On Thursday, dozens of activists held a protest outside the Manhattan office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, calling for the closure of Attica prison. Scott Paltrowitz of the Correctional Association of New York said conditions at Attica haven’t improved in more than four decades. Scott Paltrowitz: “The brutality, the racism, the torture, the abuse that’s happening in Attica continues to this day.Read More

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“Whatever Your Worst Fear Was, That Was Attica’: Former Prisoners Ask Cuomo to Shut Down NY’s Infamous Prison

Photo: Victoria Law On Thursday afternoon, the day before the 45th anniversary of the most famous prison uprising in U.S. history, dozens of people gathered across the street from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Midtown office demanding that he close the maximum-security prison at Attica. Fed up with brutal conditions, men imprisoned at Attica seized control of the prison on September 9, 1971, taking 43 staff members hostage.Read More

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Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign and Correctional Association of New York propose revised parole rules to enhance public safety, encourage release of aging people from prison

RAPP and the CA team up to propose parole regulations that would ensure incarcerated individuals receive fair and evidence-based consideration for release. Read More

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A better proposal for NYS parole regulations

In 2011, an Executive Law mandated the New York State Board of Parole to base release decisions on risk assessment tools, but until now, the board has failed to do so. Read More

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NYS Assembly Committee on Correction hearing re: Board of Parole practices, December 4, 2013

Mujahid Farid, head of the Release of Aging People in Prison(RAPP) Campaign, appeared before the New York State Assembly Committee on Correction on December 4, 2013 to testify about issues impacting thousands of people confined in New York State prisons who regularly appear before the Parole Board for release consideration.Read More

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

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.”Read More



Release Aging People in Prison

The Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) Campaign has created a petition calling on the State of New York to release aging people in prison who have served considerable time and who pose no risk to public safety. Read More



Grandparents Behind Bars: a panel discussion

Join the RAPP Campaign on October 12 at Fordham University for a discussion on why we should release aging people in prison.Read More



Prisons Get Grayer, But Efforts to Release the Dying Lag

Critics say harsh criteria for compassionate release application make the program superfluous. Read More



At 89, Astor’s Son Wouldn’t Be the Oldest in Prison

There are more than 2,100 who are 60 or older, a growing segment of the inmate population. They present a minimal security risk but put a maximum strain on prison resources, both because of their medical needs and because they are still heavily guarded even after their potential for physical violence has faded, said Soffiyah Elijah, the executive director of the Correctional Association of New York, a nonprofit group that monitors conditions in state prisons.Read More