FOR or AGAINST?

Where Would You Stand, if you were in on the New York State Parole Board decision (as our audience becomes in SOMETHING YOU DID):

In favor of Alison Moulton’s release?

Or, like the slain police officers’ aggrieved families mentioned in this article, angrily against?

3 thoughts on “FOR or AGAINST?

  1. This is a very important exercise in civic education. After four decades of wars on crime and terror, parole has become chronically politicized even in cases far less publicized than that of Kathy Boudin. Granting parole to a person convicted of murder is considered by many to be a betrayal of the victim, even when the prisoner is remorseful, has served for decades and is viewed by prison officials as having become a positive force for society (which was true of Boudin long before she was finally paroled). As a result politicians are fearful of ever opting for freedom. In my state of California, the law allows Governors to veto any parole for murder, and they do in almost every case no matter the facts. The same politics is evident in the New York controversy over the proposed Muslim community center a few blocks from the World Trade Center site. Politicians have fallen over themselves to speak in the name of the victims, even when the sentiments are unjustified and even a threat to national security. Giving ordinary citizens a chance to weigh the real issues in a parole hearing is the best possible way to educate citizens against this kind of politics of fear and vengeance. Thanks for mounting this production and I hope it travels far and wide.

  2. Thanks Jonathan. One of the dramaturgical resources I’ve encouraged the cast and crew of the show to take advantage of since we started rehearsals for this production, was the THIS AMERICAN LIFE episode about the process of parole in California, available to listeners here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/398/long-shot.

    It’s quite illuminating on the subject of governor veto power of parole.

    -Shirley
    Director of Lit and Public Programming
    Theater J

  3. Leaving parole for lifers in the hands of a governor isn’t a good idea- witness O’Malley’s refusal to parole Mr.———-, an ideal candidate. Even Republican Ehrlich is more merciful- and yet, would hurt Md. in so many other ways.
    Change is possible- a sceond chance is only merciful- but our country, al least its politicians- must appear strict and punishing. Boudin, especially in that she was not the triggerperson- was an obvious choice for parole. See ya at the Sunday show- dave eberhardt (30+ years in the field of corrections).

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