Support a Release Campaign for Political Prisoner Robert ‘Seth’ Hayes


Please help us save our beloved father and grandfather, Robert “Seth” Hayes from the New York State Correctional System where he has been incarcerated for the past 45 years.

Seth was only a young man, father, and husband, as well as a decorated Vietnam War veteran when he was arrested in August 1972 for his involvement with the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. It was a tumultuous time in American history and the struggle for Black freedom. Yet, despite decades of painful incarceration away from his family, Seth has maintained a remarkably clean prison record with no violations in his 45 years of imprisonment. While incarcerated he enrolled in college courses, supported the elderly population, and became a mentor to the younger generation of incarcerated men to steer them away from gang violence.

Seth has paid his debt to society, and we believe he’s earned his freedom after 45 years of imprisonment.

Unfortunately, the state of New York continues to hold Seth prisoner. He has unsuccessfully been before the the parole board 10 times! Every time Seth appears before the board, they use his original conviction as the reason to deny his parole application, completely in violation of the law and despite his compellingly impressive clean prison record.

We plead to you today, because his next parole board hearing is coming up June 2018 and Seth will be 69 years old. With your help we hope this will be his last and final parole hearing. We pray that with your help we can secure the legal resources necessary to fight on his behalf as his health continues to deteriorate and we don’t believe he can get better while in prison.

As some of you all may know, he has tremendous medical problems including a heart condition and chronic diabetes which have caused severe distress for him and cannot be treated effectively in the NY State prison system. Seth experiences regular and routine ‘code blues’ health crises where his blood sugars and insulin levels are not manageable and have resulted in him passing out and falling. He’s now experiencing nerve damage as well.  Although some efforts have been made by the NYS DOCCS, the level of care Seth needs is only available on the outside. Seth has just received a new insulin pump after the old one was not working properly for months.  The blood sugar monitor was to be installed about one month after the pump worked reliably, and that has never happened.

We hope you agree, that it’s more than time for Seth to come home. Seth is one of 10,000 people in the NY State prison system over the age of 50 that that pose little to no risk at all for recidivism. His continued incarceration is very much a risk to his life, as his diabetes cannot be effectively treated inside and he needs to be with his family and the community that loves him.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We are also asking for donations to help cover the cost of the resources we’ll need to build a strong defense for Medical Parole and a Federal Lawsuit.

Medical Parole

NY State law allows individuals to seek medical parole, for those individuals who are either terminally ill or have conditions that debilitate them and cannot be treated effectively in the context of prison. Seth has applied for Medical Parole and funds raised will go towards the resources needed to build a strong defense.

Federal Lawsuit

There is currently research being done to find a lawyer to file a federal lawsuit against the NYS DOCCS regarding Seth’s medical treatment. Lawyers and funds will be needed for this effort.

Please Donate HERE!

If you have any questions or want to support in other ways please reach out to freesethhayes@gmail.com

Thank you for your support!

Myaisha and Crystal Hayes

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