May 2, 2017
As you may have heard, the Parole Board unanimously voted to deny parole, holding Judy for another two years. The decision is, to say the least, outrageous: It promotes calls for vengeance and refuses to acknowledge Judy’s many public efforts to offer apologies to the victims. It barely mentions Judy's accomplishments or the positive impact she has had on so many inside Bedford. A system that doesn't recognize rehabilitation is a broken system, not just for Judy but for all those working to earn their freedom. There is no reason to bring someone forward for a parole hearing if there is nothing they can do to earn parole.
Right now, it would help if you make your voice heard loudly on social media, or in any way you are most familiar, as we begin to take next steps through appeals and the courts (and if you use twitter, please tweet using hashtag #paroleisbroken). This issue is, of course, much bigger than Judy and we hope that your comments bring attention to the thousands of families hurt by this dysfunctional and immoral system.
More soon and thank you for your support.
Governor Cuomo Commutes Judy Clark’s Sentence
December 30, 2016
Governor Cuomo’s action will allow Judy to appear before the Board of Parole within the first quarter of 2017. You can read the Governor’s media release, the coverage of this in the New York Times or in the New York Daily News.
“More Mercy, Less Prison in a Shift for Cuomo”
October 22, 2015
Read the New York Times piece, by columnist Jim Dwyer, announcing Governor Cuomo’s creation of a “clemency project” to find worthy candidates. In a statement, Governor Cuomo said, “Today we are taking a critical step toward a more just, more fair, and more compassionate New York. With this new initiative, we are seeking to identify those deserving of a second chance and to help ensure that clemency is a more accessible and tangible reality.”
Phoenix Art Museum
Spirit on the Inside: Reflections on Doing Time with Judith Clark was selected for the INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Books and will be on display from August 23 to September 28. Help spread the word about Judy by buying as many books as you can and passing them around.
Waiting for Clemency from Cuomo
February 10, 2014
Read the New York Times piece, by columnist Michael Powell, on prisoners hoping for clemency. It focuses on Judy Clark, whom he visited a few weeks earlier.
Spirit on the Inside: Reflections on Doing Time with Judith Clark
November 30, 2013
Judy’s lawyer has created a booklet of photos and interviews with sixteen women who were once incarcerated with Judy. The women speak eloquently of Judy’s powerful effect on them. Buy as many booklets as you can and help spread the word.
New York Society for Ethical Culture Talk on Clemency
April 1, 2012
Anne Klaeysen, Leader of the New York Ethical Culture Society, devoted her Sunday talk to the ethics of clemency, using Judy Clark as an example. Watch here.
Tom Robbins on CUNY TV
March 7, 2012
Watch City Talk, where Tom Robbins talks about his New York Times magazine article.
Huffington Post and CUNY TV
Feb. 8, 2012
Read the article, Judy Clark is an Inmate. She’s Also One Of My Best Friends, by Joan Gelman in the Huffington post. Watch CUNY TV, where Ronnie Eldridge interviews Judy’s attorney, Sara Bennett.
Letters to the New York Times Magazine
January 29, 2012
Read the Letters to the New York Times magazine in response to the Tom Robbins article, including one by Judy’s daughter, Harriet.
“Judith Clark Has Changed: When Will U.S. Prison System,” asks Eve Ensler in U.K. Guardian
January 17, 2012
Read the Commentary by Eve Ensler in this week’s U.K. Guardian.
Judy on the Cover of the New York Times Magazine
January 15, 2012
Read the cover story by Tom Robbins in this week’s New York Times Magazine.
Letter to the New York Times
September 25, 2011
In a letter published in the New York Times, former member of the New York City Council, Ronnie Eldridge, writes that Judy Clark’s sentence should be revisited. You can read the letter here.
December 31, 2010
On his last day in office, Governor David A. Paterson denied Judy’s request for clemency. Our thanks go out to the more than 900 people who took the time to write letters on Judy’s behalf, as well as those who reached out to the Governor and had personal conversations with him.
New Book Has Chapter About Judy Clark
There’s a chapter titled “Judy Clark” in the recently released non-fiction book, Zebratown: The True Story of a Black Ex-Con and a Single White Mother in Small Town America, by Greg Donaldson (Scribner, 2010). A woman prisoner, Karen, tells how her life changed after a single conversation with Judy:
As Karen peers into Clark’s brown eyes, she knows nothing of the woman’s background, only that there is a lovely peace there and throughout the room, and that the weight of the prison has somehow lightened. Here is the teacher who might have spotted her gifts, the mother she might have turned to. Suddenly the path ahead shines clear.