Forgetting And Forgotten: Older Prisoners Seek Release But Fall Through The Cracks

These ‘old law’ prisoners include people like Leonard Peltier, Bill Dunne, Veronza Bowers and Dr. Mutulu Shakur. The time to release them is now.

“Davon-Marie Grimmer has been struggling to get help for more than year for her cousin, Kent Clark. Sometimes, when he calls from prison, he asks to speak with relatives who are no longer alive. Sometimes, he forgets the name of his cell mate.

“As far as I know, he hasn’t received any medical attention for the dementia, and he’s just so vulnerable in there,” Grimmer said. “He’s 66 years old. He can’t take care of himself.”

Clark is one of about 150 people in federal prison who time mostly forgot. This group of “old law” prisoners committed crimes before November 1987, when the law changed to remove the possibility of parole. But even with the grandfathered-in chance for parole — and despite a push to reduce prison populations — dozens of men in their 60s, 70s and 80s still have little hope of release.”

Read more at https://www.npr.org/2021/05/11/994273368/forgetting-and-forgotten-older-prisoners-seek-release-but-fall-through-the-crack

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