Unite for Parole and Prison Justice

05 May 2017

Osborne's Center for Justice Policy and Practice, in its work to increase support for people who are aging in prison, recognizes the urgent need for parole reform, as we have seen people qualified for parole repeatedly denied, usually based solely on the nature of their crime. Older people have the lowest recidivism rates of any age cohort in NY State and U.S. prisons, and pose almost no risk to public safety. Yet in 2015, the NYS Parole Board granted parole to only 20% of all applicants, and to only 17% of those aged 55 and older who had already served at least 10 years in prison. On May 10, Osborne is joining Challenging Incarceration, and many other organizations and advocates for Unite for Parole and Prison Justice–A Day of Advocacy and Action. The day will focus on urging legislators to create a more effective parole process. Below is a list of ways to participate with Challenging Incarceration in advocacy on social media, regardless of whether or not you will be in Albany.


  • SIGN up for the Thunderclap campaign that will go out on WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 at 12:30 p.m., to create noise on social media about the advocacy day. 
  • JOIN Vocal NY for a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, May 9 at Noon to discuss issues with the current parole system and what advocates will ask for on May 10. 
  • FOLLOW and join the conversation on Twitter about parole and prison justice through the hashtags #ChallengingIncarceration and #ParoleJusticeNOW 
  • READ about the SAFE Parole Act
  • LISTEN to the stories of incarcerated people and their families about their experience with parole:


The High Costs of Low Risk: The Crisis of America’s Aging Prison Population

The Center for Justice at Columbia's Aging in Prison Report

Timesunion.com | Address the graying of prisons

Older People in Prison Fact Sheet