[Pnews] Seth Hayes Health + Parole update

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Tue May 10 13:44:06 EDT 2016

Greetings everyone,

Here is an update on Seth's health and parole situation. Seth has been 
breathing much better, but his sugars are not stable, and he still has 
congestive heart failure. The medical staff has decided that the heart 
situation was more serious than previously thought and so they have 
scheduled him to get a pace maker. He had pre-operation tests last week 
and most likely is undergoing the surgery today. Seth has been 
encouraged by getting the operation in conversation but we know it is a 
very serious one and we ask just please keep him in your thoughts and 

Seth is coming up for parole next month June. If you are interested in 
writing a support letter there isn't much more time. Details are below. 
Thank you all for your support and please keep Seth on your minds today 
and send a him a card at the address below.

Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility,
P.O. Box 116,
Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116

Mr. Robert Seth Hayes (Seth) has been to the New York State parole board 
nine times and has been denied each time. The Board continues to deny 
Seth based on the original crime: “Based on the serious nature of the 
crime.” His next parole board appearance will be in early June 2016. 
Each time, the board - always made of up former law enforcement 
personnel and former prosecutors -- reviews his very impressive record, 
all the institutional programs participated in and completed, college 
credits, job offers, and his numerous letters of support from family, 
friends, and community members from many walks of life from around the 
world. At his last trip to the board, Seth had a petition that received 
over 1000 signatures at his last trip to the board. His next parole 
board appearance will be in early June 2016.

At previous hearings, the Board has seen nothing about Seth’s time in 
prison that is not evidence of a life of progress and positivity - 
dedicated to helping other people. A feat that many of us not imprisoned 
for the past 4 decades struggle to achieve. Despite this, they deny him 
parole again and again based on the serious nature of the crime. Why 
would someone’s sentence include possibility of parole if that parole is 
impossible to ever achieve due to the original crime? This rationale is, 
in effect, an illegal resentencing to life-without-the-possibility-of 
parole. Parole hearings are not meant to be retrials for the original 
crime. When one goes to trial, there is a prosecutor, defense attorney, 
judge, and jury. When one goes to the parole board, there is only the 

Seth has taken responsibility for his part in the Black Liberation 
Movement.  He has paid a great price – 43 years of imprisonment, thus 
far. He is going to the New York State parole board for the Tenth time 
in June 2016 and deserves to be paroled, to come home to his family and 

*FACTS- about Robert Seth Hayes and his Parole Efforts!*

  * Seth accepts Responsibility and shows remorse for his past actions.
  * Seth has an impeccable record. He has only received one ticket,
    which was later overturned, since 1989.
  * Seth has multiple incurable health conditions including diabetes,
    congestive heart failure and emphysema that cannot be treated
    appropriately while inside the prison walls.
  * Seth has a strong and loving family: a wife, children and
    grandchildren that he would love more than anything to enjoy what
    time he has left with.
  * Seth is a decorated Vietnam war combat veteran.
  * Seth has devoted his time to mentoring, educating, inspiring others
    he's in with, encouraging them to educate themselves and learn
    skills so that they may live successful, recidivist-free lives when
    they get out.
  * Seth with limited funds always makes it a point to donate to
    charities for the less fortunate.
  * When Robert Seth Hayes goes again to the NY parole board in Feb.
    2016, he will have been imprisoned over 43 years.
  * Seth has appeared before the NY parole board 9 times and been denied
    each time.
  * The parole board cites the nature of Seth’s charge of conviction for
    their denials - a fact which will never change - instead of Seth’s
    impressive, 40+ years prison record.
  * Seth has devoted his adult life to uplifting and protecting Black
    people, and to the                          betterment of all people
    in our society. After more than four decades of imprisonment, it’s
    time for Seth to come home.

§*/ Please write your letter to the parole board on professional 

§*/Please indicate how you know Seth, or if you don’t know him 
personally, how you know of him. /*

§*/Your letter should be addressed to: “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear 
Parole Commissioner”. The subject line should be “Robert Seth Hayes 
74A-2280.” /*

§*/What it would mean to you and the community if Seth was released 
rather than kept inside?/*

§*/Who you are, what you do?/*

§*/Please sign your letter and mail to Seth’s Lawyer: /*

*/ Eve Rosahn 125 Frenchtown Road Shohola PA 18458./*

*Seth very much appreciates your efforts and your support.*


Seth came out of Vietnam into the civil rights and black liberation 
struggle. Young people were optimistic and working hard to for a better 
world and running into many obstacles. Seth joined the Black Panther 
Party which fought to end the war in Vietnam, decent housing, full 
employment, education, health care and the end to racist police 
brutality. In the wake of assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther 
King and Fred Hampton to name a few times got difficult. Seth and his 
generation sincerely wanted to make a better world for his children so 
that they had every opportunity to succeed in life like all other 
children. Though hard he worked and well-intentioned were his efforts 
many mistakes were made. The state mounted a very fierce campaign 
locally and nationally against all progressive elements amounting in a 
wide array of tactics from false imprisonment to assassinations. Very 
difficult and different were the times on all sides, lives lost on both. 
Seth was convicted of the murder of a police officer. Seth only a young 
man then, looking back he takes responsibility for his actions and 
mourns the loss of all life.

Seth does not want to stay in the past and stuck in a certain frame work 
that he is forever castigated in. After much time Seth reflects on his 
younger self and reassesses tactics and strategy and would change a lot. 
Seth though still remains committed to the freedom of all people and 
equity across the board in all relations from economic, social and 
political realms. To sign write this letter you do not have to agree 
with or embrace the past, we are asking that you support the release of 
a man who spent over 40 plus years of his 67 behind bars taking 
responsibility for his actions. We ask that he not be hit at the board 
again for the "serious nature of the crime" which he nor anyone can 
change. We ask you look at what the law asks for his compass risk 
assessment, his institutional record, his work history and 
accomplishments inside. We are asking you and the state to help us in 
taking Seth for who he is now. A father, grandfather, husband, friend 
and great community asset. Seth upon release has no plan to participate 
in any "criminal" activity he wants to live out his days with his family 
and going about his original intentions contributing to society to 
create a better world for his community.

List of institutional programs and accomplishments:

Institutional adjustment ... completed phase I, Phase II, and Phase III 
of "mandatory programming" of DOCCS. Facilitator of Pre-Release 
programs; completed ART, and AVP; completed the state education 
department, Adult Peer Counseling Helper Program; in 1999, completed the 
Inmate Program Associate Training; completed Department of Labor 
Apprenticeship Program in Teachers Aide; studied Business Law and 
Economics at Ohio University through correspondence course; presently 
attending, Hudson Links College inmate courses thus far completing Basic 
Math, English, presently engaged in American History and Ethics. Has 
Served as a clerk in both the General Library and Law Library as a 
paralegal assistant. Worked in Food Service, Grounds Maintenance, IGRC, 
General Business and Ethnic Studies. Seth has worked in the HIV 
Educators Program, a path of continued learning to contribute to his 
community and learn. He again is now engaged in his 42nd year of 

/Your name/

City State, Zip//

Sullivan Correctional Facility

James Dewitt, Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator
325 Riverside Drive
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116

Dear Mr. Dewitt,

Thank you for taking the time to consider my letter.

Yours sincerely,

Name and Signature

Reminder- send your letters to Seth’s lawyer-

*/Eve Rosahn 125 Frenchtown Road Shohola PA 18458/*

Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org
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