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#FreeThemNY

The #FreeThemNY campaign is a project of the New York affiliate of Survived and Punished, a grassroots prison abolitionist organization.

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Our campaign is dedicated to freeing criminalized survivors of gender violence held in prisons in New York. We call on Governor Cuomo to immediately use his clemency powers to free people from prisons.

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To learn more about the larger perspectives behind this campaign, visit the “Analysis & Vision” section of the Survived and Punished national website.

 

We call on Governor Cuomo to immediately use his clemency powers to free criminalized survivors of gender violence held in prisons in New York. We call on Governor Cuomo to immediately use his clemency powers to free criminalized survivors of gender violence held in prisons in New York.

-Survived & Punished NY

End the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence!

Read the S&P NY Clemency and Parole Guide!

Upcoming Events

1. 

CONTACT
GOVERNOR
CUOMO

What is our call to action?

Send an email to tell Governor Cuomo: Grant Clemency for ALL Criminalized Survivors.

We’re asking Governor Cuomo and his administration to use his unlimited power to grant clemency and grant commutations to criminalized survivors of Domestic Violence currently incarcerated throughout the New York State Prison System.

2. 

PHONE
ZAP!

What is a phone zap?

Call-in campaigns, also known as “phone zaps,” are one of many tools to directly let public officials and others know what you want them to do or to stop doing.

Who are we targeting?

  • Office of Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo:  518-474-8343 or 212-681-7753
  • Counsel to the Governor, Zach Knaub: 212-681-7753
  • Executive Clemency Bureau: (518) 457-7565

BACKGROUND 

Since assuming the governorship in 2011, Cuomo has received at least 7500 applications for clemency and granted only 21 commutations.

These commutation numbers are pitifully low compared to the more than 50,000 people held in prisons across New York State.

The New York State Constitution grants the governor power to pardon or commute any sentence, at any time, for any reason. Our campaign calls on Governor Cuomo to use the powers of his office to immediately free criminalized survivors of gender violence!

Source: All figures on clemency applications received from 2011-2015 and commutations granted were directly sourced from New York State. Cuomo’s Executive Clemency Bureau has refused to publicly release any data on clemency applications received after 2015. To represent the volume of applications received since 2016, S&P NY has used data on clemency applications published by journalist Reuven Blau in August 2019.   

On December 5th, members of Survived and Punished NY delivered a petition with thousands of signatures to Governor Cuomo’s office, demanding that use his unlimited clemency powers to immediately free incarcerated survivors of gender violence.

On December 5th, members of Survived and Punished NY delivered a petition with thousands of signatures to Governor Cuomo’s office, demanding that use his unlimited clemency powers to immediately free incarcerated survivors of gender violence.

Listen to the words of the only survivor whose sentence Governor Cuomo has commuted.

Read from our collection of Survivor's Stories.