Picture of Jalil Muntaqim

Picture of Jalil Muntaqim

Support Jalil Muntaqim's
Parole Request!

Dear Friends and Supporters:

As you know, in July 2006, I will be reappearing for the third time before the parole board for release consideration. When I reappear before them, I will have completed 34 years of imprisonment, 29 of those years in New York State serving a 25 to life sentence. In July 2002 and 2004, I was denied parole for the nature of the crime and criminal history, despite the fact the parole board recognized I had an exemplary prison record. However, under NYS parole guidelines, there are no provisions for release because of good behavior and performance of assignments. Parole release is based solely on the discretion of parole commissioners void of any specific criteria requiring my release.

In other words, despite over three decades of imprisonment and no egregious rule violations, the parole board has the discretion to deny my release on parole. What is particularly ominous is the fact Governor Pataki has instituted an unwritten mandate that those convicted of felony offense[s] must complete 85% of their sentence to be eligible for release. This mandate adheres to the federal “Truth in Sentencing” laws and a federal program that have provided NYS over $200 million to keep those convicted of violent felonies in prison for longer periods of time. I am attaching an extensive article to further explain the Pataki parole policy and its negative impact on parole releases.

Due to the political nature of my conviction, NYS parole authorities are hard to persuade I am a suitable candidate for parole. Previously, the PBA has lobbied against my release by submitting a petition for 10,000 signatures opposing it; it is incumbent for my friends and supporters to write letters highlighting my achievements.

I am enclosing a sample letter to be written to the Chairman of the Division of Parole and specific elected officials, which can be used to write a letter in support of my release on parole. I further exhort that you make copies of this, and distribute to others requesting they do the same. It would be ideal to inundate the parole authorities with letters urging them to grant my release.

Importantly, all letters written in support of my release should be sent no later than the second week of July, if possible, and a copy sent to my attorney: Ms. Cheryl L. Kates, Esq., Edge of Justice, 121 No. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY 14614.

Thank you for your support, together we can win!


Here is a list of officials who should be written to and urged to support my efforts to be released on parole. I am confident after your reading of the enclosed, you'll understand the difficulties of gaining parole, despite having done everything necessary to be granted parole. Here, I am confronted with the politics of parole, and only the power of the people will ensure we prevail and win my release. I am enclosing a SAMPLE LETTER to be sent to the elected officials. Please use this or expand on the issue according to you own understanding of the issue.

Furthermore, I ask that copies be made of this material and for this to be distributed across the country and on the internet. As many New Yorkers know, Governor Pataki has aspirations to run for the office of President in 2008. I am of the opinion it is important that progressive people know and understand how Governor Pataki has subverted NYS legislators in this and other matters. We can expect he would seek to do the same towards the Congress and House of Representatives if he were to win the White House.

We have to fight for the right to be free!

NYS Senator Thomas K. Duane
Legislative Office Building Room 415
Albany, NY 12247

NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery
Legislative Office Building Room 306
Albany, NY 12247

Assemblywoman Carmen E. Arroyo
Legislative Office Building Room 734
Albany, NY 12248

Assemblyman Jerrion L. Aubrey
Chairman, Committee on Correction
Legislative Office Building Room 526
Albany, NY 12248

Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark
Legislative Office Building Room 702
Albany, NY 12248

Assemblyman Roger L. Green
Legislative Office Building Room 622
Albany, NY 12248

Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright
Legislative Office Building Room 441
Albany, NY 12248

To download a copy of the sample letters, please visit  http://www.freejalil.com/parole.html!