[Ppnews] Parole Letters for Jalil Muntaqim and Robert Seth Hayes

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Mon May 24 11:26:54 EDT 2010

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 <http://www.freejalil.com/parole01.html>here!

You can also sign the online petition for Jalil by clicking 

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 
<http://www.jerichony.org/sethparole.html>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 
<http://www.jerichony.org/sethparole.html>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 <http://www.sethhayes.org/>www.sethhayes.org

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