We call on Governor Cuomo to immediately use his clemency powers to free criminalized survivors of gender violence held in prisons in New York.
End the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence!
Read survivors' stories!
Throughout his time in office, Governor Cuomo has granted pardons to just 163 people, and commuted the sentences of only a dozen people.
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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In stark contrast to Cuomo, gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has stated that she would use her powers to "commute the sentences of survivors of domestic violence who are incarcerated for acts of self-defense."
Find out how you can support the postcard campaign to send Cuomo 10,000 postcards in support of clemency.
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Jacqueline Smalls was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing a boyfriend whose "hands were his weapons"; she now joins the ranks of criminalized survivors seeking clemency from New York Gov. Cuomo.
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- Cynthia Nixon’s Plan to Stem Mass Incarceration Has a Uniquely Feminist Provision
- Cuomo the Merciless
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