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Clemency Letter

Thank you for your interest. Our coalition, Freedom Unshackled, is asking you to hold Gov. Cuomo accountable for his 2015 vow to create a more just, fair, and compassionate New York, by granting clemency to incarcerated men and women who are deserving of a second chance.

Our goal is for Governor Cuomo to agree to grant clemencies four times a year with a minimum of six applications awarded Time Commutations (3 men, 3 women). Clemency is a crucial part of criminal justice reform because it reduces the thousands of American citizens incarcerated today due to cruelly long prison sentences.

 We are requesting a conversation with you or a representative from your office to hopefully gain your support regarding our campaign. We are advocating for the 1,800 applications that are currently on the Governor’s desk be vetted appropriately and expeditiously.

Governor Cuomo has failed to live up to his promises.  He also lags behind his predecessors.

  • Governor Cary issued 155 commutations.

  • Governor Mario Cuomo issued 37 commutations.

  • Governor George Pataki issued 32 commutations.

  • At the end of 2019, Governor Cuomo has only shortened 11 sentences.

  • We are not asking that any of the current requirements for Executive Clemency be changed or altered in any way.

 

On August 21, 2017 the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL) announced its commitment to a major New York State Clemency initiative. The program helps recruit, train, and provide resources to pro bono attorneys assisting state prisoners with commutation petitions.

Understanding that these are unprecedented times, we are at your disposal for scheduling convenient times to discuss this matter.  Please respond with a date and time that is best for you and we will be available.

Thank you for your time and cooperation regarding this urgent issue.  Please reply to: info@freedomunshackld.org or call (718) 812-6473.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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The Justice Peace Talk Show

The mission of The Justice Beat Talk Show is to inform, equip, and empower families, touched by incarceration, with guidance on how to advocate boldly and confidently on behalf of their loved one that is incarcerated.

What makes the Justice Beat Talk Show unique is our focus on YOU and YOUR ability to ensure your loved one’s health and well-being are properly addressed during their incarceration.

The Justice Beat Talk Show DOES NOT provide legal advice or legal services.

Show topics focus on conditions of confinement matters such as:

  • access to medical care and treatment;

  • requesting medical records;

  • accommodations for individuals with disabilities;

  • sexual assaults;

  • pregnant women and incarceration; and

  • internal grievance processes and more...

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