Firm Client Granted Parole At First Appearance Before Board

February 6, 2020

On January 30, 2020, the New York State Parole Board granted parole release to Firm pro bono client Gordon Davis.  This was his first appearance before the Board.

Mr. Davis entered prison at 16 years old.  In his 25 years behind bars, he pursued high school, college, and even graduate schooling, receiving degrees from the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) and New York State Theological Seminary.  He acted as a tutor, mentor, and role model to others in the prison community, including by designing an anti-bullying curriculum for use in prisons, teaching college-level classes to other incarcerated individuals, and serving in administrative roles for BPI.

"Since his arrest as a teenager, Mr. Davis has worked hard to become a kind, caring, and thoughtful man ready to fully contribute to society," said Firm attorney Kathrina Szymborski, who worked on the case.

For more information on Mr. Davis, click here to view a video documenting his journey.  The video was created by filmmaker Jamie Watkins.