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

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Upcoming Events

Send Them Home for the Holidays: A Letter-Writing Party

an image of a banner reading 'Free Them All', surrounded by flowers and by Black and Brown hands with painted nails forming fists and snapping handcuffs. At right is the text: Send Them Home for the Holidays: A Letter-Writing Party, by Survived and Punished NY, Dec 09. Free.

Please join Survived and Punished NY on Sunday, December 9, from 1-4:30pm, at the People's Forum (320 West 37th Street in Manhattan, between 8th and 9th Aves) for "Send them Home for the Holidays", a holiday card writing party for those behind prison walls in New York State. Being incarcerated is a de-humanizing and isolating experience for the person behind bars and their family and community. Trauma is worse around the holidays when many are planning to spend time with family, friends, and loved ones. Sending cards and small gift packages is one way that we can lessen the loneliness experienced during this time.

Please join us on the day -- we will supply the cards, envelopes, addresses, and snacks. This is a free event.

If you want to do a little more, you can donate to Survived and Punished, and we will buy gift items. The wish list is mostly small items which are very expensive to purchase -- dental floss, shampoo, snacks, etc. We would also greatly appreciate donated stamps on the day of the event.

Participate in the call-in campaign to Cuomo's office

What is our call to action?

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.

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?

You can access a sample script here.


Throughout his time in office, Governor Cuomo has granted pardons to just 163 people, and commuted the sentences of only a dozen people.

A graph displaying the numbers of petitions for clemency received versus commutations granted from 2011-2017. There are over a hundred applications in each year from 2011-2015. Zero commutations were issued from 2011-2014. In 2015 and 2016, a very small number were granted.  Data for clemency applications was not available in 2016 and 2017. A graph displaying the numbers of petitions for pardon received versus pardons granted from 2011-2017. There are nearly 500 in 2011 with none granted, and over 100 in 2012 with none granted. From 2013-2015 there are between 50 and 100 petitions with very small numbers granted. 50-100 pardons were granted in each of 2016 and 2017. Data on petitions received in 2016 and 2017 was not available.

These 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!

The words of the only survivor whose sentence Cuomo has commuted

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Take Action!

Find out how you can support the postcard campaign to send Cuomo 10,000 postcards in support of clemency.

A picture of a large amount of survived and punished postcards in support of our campaign. Each postcard has art on the front including a person holding a sign saying: mamas don't belong in cages. One postcard is turned over to its back, with writing on it addressed to Governor Cuomo urging him to free survivors.

Or, other ways you can support!