Free Jon-Adrian Velazquez
On February 2, 1998, after learning that he was being sought for the shooting of a retired police officer, Mr. Velazquez attempted to vindicate himself of the allegations by voluntarily subjecting himself to a lineup that has caused him to lose almost fourteen years of his life. The clock is still ticking as he awaits the relief he rightfully deserves.
Who is Jon-Adrian Velazquez
Jon-Adrian Velazquez is a loving father of two, who has dedicated himself to the service of others despite his present circumstances. He has maintained his innocence from the outset of this case, and has managed to maintain strong family ties. In addition, he has participated in numerous Volunteer Programs geared towards helping prisoners build the social blocks of personal development in order to enhance their potential of successfully reintegrating back into society.
He has not allowed time to interfere with his growth and development, nor has he allowed his unjust incarceration to make him a bitter person. To date, Mr. Velazquez has acquired 84 of the 120 required credits, with a cumulative GPA of 3.619, toward his Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science in the Hudson Link for Higher Education Program at Sing Sing.
Additionally, he has also been recognized as a diligent hard-working leader who was appointed to a number of departmental positions in the Inmate Liaison Committee, the Family Reunion Program and the Youth Assistance Program.
Lately, he has played an integral role in the development of the Forgotten Voices Committee, which has established a progressive network between conscious prisoners, elected officials, and multiple community clergy leaders of different denominations in an effort to enhance public safety.
How You Can Help?
Mr. Velazquez is currently incarcerated in Sing Sing prison awaiting the decision of the Conviction Integrity Unit, a special division of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, headed by Bonnie Sard under the administration of Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. This unit is the product of a promise Mr. Vance made ensuring that he would review procedures that will serve to minimize wrongful convictions during his tenure as the new Manhattan District Attorney.
The Conviction Integrity Unit was established in 2010 as a result of the alarming rate of wrongful convictions that have recently surfaced. The purpose of this unit is to “review past cases to determine if mistakes have been made ... [where] meaningful claims of innocence” are presented. On Thursday, October 6, 2011, Mr. Velazquez’s attorneys, made a scheduled meeting with Ms. Sard to discuss the grave injustice that destroyed an innocent man’s life.
Mr. Gottlieb, a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Wrongful Convictions, has openly declared in the New York Times that, “This case is tailor-made for the Conviction Integrity Unit.” To this end, this case demands further attention by the People of New York and the citizens of our entire society.
The Task Force on Wrongful Convictions and the Conviction Integrity Unit were established because of a rising need to recognize the existence of innocent souls buried alive within the confines of our New York State Prisons.
Accordingly, we encourage you to support this movement and voice your dis-pleasures through the form of emails, online petitions, phone calls, or a letter writing campaign to champion the cause of Jon-Adrian Velazquez to:
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
One Hogan Place
New York, NY 10013
Cyrus R. Vance Jr., District Attorney | 212.335.9000
Bonnie Sard, Conviction Integrity Chief | 212.335.4016