Judy Clark, an activist with a long-standing history in the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, has spent 36 years in prison for her role as an unarmed getaway driver in a 1981 robbery during which two police officers and a security guard were killed. Judy has publicly renounced her crime, issued a public apology to the victims, and has implemented her remorse through her work with young mothers in the prison nursery, raising service dogs for veterans and law enforcement, and promoting transformation through higher education inside. The former Superintendent of her prison said, “I watched Ms. Clark change into one of the most perceptive, thoughtful, helpful, and profound human beings I have ever known.”
On December 31, 2016, Governor Cuomo granted Judy clemency, making her eligible for immediate parole. Despite Judy meeting all of the criteria for parole—and being one of the longest serving women in NY State—in April 2017 the NY Board of Parole denied Judy parole. She is in the process of appealing that decision and raising support for her next hearing.