We, the family, friends and
supporters of Lawrence Hayes are requesting that the New York State
Board of Parole permanently release him from parole. At the age of
62 and going on 23 years on parole, Lawrence's impressive personal
achievements, accomplished work history and community involvement
proves undoubtedly that he is a responsible, respected and well loved
asset to the community.
In 1991, then Governor of New
York State, Mario Cuomo, reviewed Lawrence's upstanding 20 year
prison record and recognized his commitment to bettering himself and
being a positive role model for those around him. This prompted the
Governor to write a letter of recommendation on Lawrence's behalf
urging the board of parole to give him every consideration possible
for release. The board heeded the call and a community gained a much
needed trusted benefactor.
In the 22 years since he has
been out of prison, Lawrence earned a Masters degree in Pastoral
Counseling, before leaving prison. After release, Lawrence is a tax
paying citizen and has maintained a very impressive work record. He
has worked as a Consultant for Hands Off Cane/a United Nation's NGO;
as a research assistant for the well known Innocence Project and as a
Community Liaison, for the New York City Council, in the office of
Councilmember, Hon, James Sanders (currently a member of the NYS
Senate). Currently, Lawrence works as a counselor at Heritage, Health
& Housing, Inc. Lawrence also volunteers at organizations, such
as, Amnesty International in addition to being the Co-founder and
active member of Campaign to End The Death Penalty.
Since 1996, Lawrence has been a
well known and liked advocate against the Death Penalty and has
spoken at some of America's most prestigious Universities and
Colleges, including Harvard, Columbia, American University, George
Town, Brown, etc. In addition, his most important role and one he is
most proud of, is being a single father to his 19 year old daughter
who is now attending college and working. In short, it is more than
apparent, to anyone who has met Lawrence or reviews his activities,
that Lawrence has made a very impressive readjustment to society.
After experiencing 20 years of
incarceration and 22 years of parole, we believe Lawrence Hayes has
more than paid his debt to society. Therefore, with this petition, we
ask New York State Governor, Hon. Andrew Cuomo and Executive
Chairperson of The New York State Division of Parole to heed the
urgent call of the community and grant Lawrence Hayes release from
We know Lawrence does not represent a threat to his
community or society and deserves to have the freedoms and liberties
all citizens are entitled.
Family, Friends, Supporters of
This petition closed almost 2 years ago
Lawrence is an upstanding member of the community who poses no threat and should be granted release from parole custody so he can share the same freedoms as all citizens do!