Saturday, May 29, 2010

Parole Letters for Jalil Muntaqim and Robert Seth Hayes

From: "Political Prisoner News"
Date: Mon, May 24, 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

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

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