Both Jalil and Seth are requesting letters to the parole board. Letters for Jalil must be received by the Parole Board no later than June 10th.

Seth has actually postponed his upcoming parole hearing, as he is pursuing an Article 78 appeal of his last denial. However, he would still like people to write letters to the parole board, as they can be used in the appeal as well.

If you have not already done so, please sign the online petition for Jalil before forwarding to your listserves.

Jalil June 2010 Parole Hearing
June 10, 2010 Deadline!

Jalil is asking that we write letters to the parole board supporting his request (Re: Parole application of Anthony Jalil Bottom #77A4283). Please address the letter to:
Ms. Andrea W. Evans
Board of Parole Chairwoman
New York State Division of Parole
97 Central Avenue, 4th floor
Albany, NY 12206 and cc to:
Mr. Mark Saben
Facility Parole Officer 1
Auburn Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 618, Auburn, NY 13021

And also send a copy to: NYC Jericho, P.O. Box 1272, New York, NY 10013

The more personal and individual your letter is, the better. You can write about visiting or communicating with Jalil, or if you haven't been in direct touch with him, you can write about the articles you've read by him or any other knowledge you have of his activities while in prison. Please say that you are aware of the case for which he is serving his sentence. You can also talk about your own perspective; for example, if you are a teacher, you know how valuable it is that Jalil has counseled young prisoners. Any particular slant you can give to your assertion that he will be an excellent candidate for release can give the letter more force.

To check out some of Jalil's achievements while incarcerated, please click here!

You can also sign the online petition for Jalil by clicking here!

Robert Seth Hayes June 2010 Parole Hearing

Seth is also asking that we write letters to the parole board supporting his request. Please address the letter to the Parole Commissioners (Re: Parole application of Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280) but send to:

Cheryl L. Kates, Esq.,
P.O. Box 711,
Honeoye, NY 14471

Robert Seth Hayes is a U.S. political prisoner and former member of the Black Panther Party who has been imprisoned in New York state for more than three and a half decades. When Seth was convicted in 1974, his sentence was 25 years to life. The implicit understanding at the time of his sentencing was that Seth would serve 25 years as a minimum, after which time he would be eligible for release based on his record and conduct in prison.

In June 2010 Seth will be going before the parole board for the seventh time. At each of Seth's previous parole hearings, he was denied release due to the serious nature of the crime he was convicted of and given another two years in jail. The refusal of parole for the serious nature of the crime seems contrary to the spirit of the law, for it is something that a prisoner can never change, and the giving of parole is based upon the prisoner's behavior while behind bars.

Seth is not the only one being subjected to these unfair rules. This has become common practice for the New York state parole board, who, by denying parole based on the seriousness of the conviction, are de facto re-sentencing many prisoners to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Seth's prison record is exemplary, and if a decision about Seth's parole were to be based on his conduct and personal growth, he would have rejoined his family and his community years ago.

Please write a letter to the parole board to let them know that you think Seth deserves to be released. Write your own letter, or use the sample letter.

If you have a personal relationship with Seth, please consider writing about this relationship in your letter. If you work with a community organization or union, have a professional job, or are a rock star, please consider mentioning this in your letter (or writing on letterhead, etc.).

If you decide to personalize your letter, you may choose to include information drawn from the short biography, where some of Seth's accomplishments are highlighted.

More information about Seth can be found on a web page that has been put together by his supporters at Seth Hayes Support Committee | Free Robert 'Seth' Hayes!

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