Judy Clark has spent almost 38 years in prison. Prior to being incarcerated, Judy was involved in the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1981, Judy was an unarmed getaway driver in a robbery during which two police officers and a security guard were killed. Since then, Judy has undergone a significant transformation. She has publicly renounced her crime, openly apologized to the victims, and in the words of the former Superintendent of Judy’s prison, changed “into one of the most perceptive, thoughtful, helpful, and profound human beings I have ever known.”
In late 2016, Governor Cuomo noted her “exceptional strides in self-development” and commuted her sentence, making her eligible for immediate parole. Despite meeting all of the legal criteria for parole, the Parole Board denied Judy release. The New York State Supreme Court ruled that the Parole Board had “acted arbitrarily and capriciously” by denying Judy parole in 2017.
Judy will have another parole hearing in April 2019. There are three steps you can take to help Judy obtain parole.