In a letter sent to the New York State Parole Board from Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan, President of the Western New York Association of Chiefs of Police, the Association urges the Board to deny the release of Judith Clark from jail.
Clark was arrested in 1981 for her involvement in the robbery of a brinks truck in Rockland County. During the robbery, a brinks guard and two police officers were murdered. Clark was the getaway driver for the group that robbed the truck. She was sentenced to 75 years to life in prison.
In the letter, Chief Phelan writes, “The murder of a police officer is a particularly heinous act because it not only shows a complete lack of respect for human life, it shows a complete lack of respect for our system of law.”
Now, Clark is 67-years-old and has had her sentence commuted by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The action has received both support, and outcry, in the weeks following the announcement.
“Her release will be an inspiration to other terrorists, a sign that even if you are caught and convicted you could be released someday by a politician,” Chief Phelan writes.
Earlier in January, Senate and Assemblymembers called on the New York Board of Parole to deny her release from prison.
The Western New York Association of Chiefs of Police urged the Parole Board to “realize that Judith Clark is a danger to our society and should never be granted parole.”