This show featured news from folks in Otisville Correctional Facility in Otisville, New York. I will paste the news here for folks looking for a written version to send friends and family inside. The news comes from Chas Ransome, the President of the Lifers and Long Termers Organization. The letter was dated December 30, 2015 and we’re sorry the news didn’t make it on the air until now!:
“Message: A recent court decision in the Anthony Sistrunk case has forced the Board of Parole to grant a significant number of de novo hearings to those who raised the issue of the Board’s failure to weight the COMPAS, Risk and Needs Assessment, and the TAP/Case Plan in deliberations for the release consideration.
In accordance with the requirements of 9 N.Y.C.R.R. 8002.3(a)(12) the TAP/Case Plan is a new required factor to be weighed by the Board and were not being offered at most facilities, nor present for review by the Board as required. To ascertain whether the Board reviewed your Case Plan check the Hearing Decision Notice. And, to ascertain when your facility began to provide case plans to the Board for review you must write a FOIL request to the Senior Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator to request whether the Facility prepared and supplied the Case Plan to the Board for your parole appearance.
If the Case Plan was not present, then you must submit that issue in your administrative appeal. If you have already submitted your appeal, then you must write to the appeals unit to amend your appeal. If your appeal was denied, you must write to the appeals unit for reconsideration. The address is listed below…
To request consideration of your administrative appeal, write to: Kathleen M. Kiley, Esq., Counsel to the Board of Parole, 1220 Washington Avenue, Building #2, Albany, New York, 12226.”
The show also featured an interview with John C. Moore, an Ojibwe man who is fighting a wrongful conviction for which he served ten years in prison. The show ended with an interview with two of the organizers of the demo in support of people moved from the Tanguay Provincial Prison on the island of Montreal to the Leclerc Provincial Prison in Laval. The organizers reported back on how the demo went and why it was important to organize the demo in the first place.
You can download the entire episode here.