Sep 092015
 
Candles for Clemency - Second Rally Sept 26

RALLY FOR PRISON JUSTICE  AT HOME OF GOVERNOR CUOMO   To protest Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cruel and unjust prison policies, elected officials, celebrities, religious leaders, and other people of conscience will gather for a candlelight vigil to respectfully insist that New York State demonstrate wisdom, mercy, and righteousness. The rally and vigil will take place at the intersection of Crow Hill Rd. and Millwood Rd., in Mount Kisco, on Saturday, September 26 at 7 p.m. Buses will leave New York City from 10th Avenue, (btw 16th and 17th Sts.) at 5 p.m. Mount Kisco is also accessible by car and Metro North railroad. New York State prison policies are in desperate need of reform. Many people are unjustly incarcerated, given unreasonably long sentences and have been placed in solitary confinement. Prisons hold many elderly, ill and disabled people who have served excessive time, pose no threat to society, and can live productive […]

Sep 082014
 

VID was well represented at the Clemency Vigil which took place by candle light on the evening of September 6th in Mt. Kisco, NY outside the home of Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Over 150 people participated. Its purpose was to try to convince the governor to start issuing clemencies to those inmates in the NYS correctional system who deserve them.  Many inmates have been incarcerated for long periods of time either for non-violent crimes or for serious crimes, but have unquestionably been rehabilitated.  As of today the governor hasn’t issued a single clemency.   The rally was organized by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club with the support of the VID. Among the wide variety of speakers asking the governor to do the humane thing and start issuing clemencies were Allen Roskoff, President of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Robert Dennison, retired Chairman, New York State Board of Parole, Philanthropist Bill Samuels, Zenaida […]