Friends of David Gilbert


JANUARY 10, 2021


On December 24, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced 21 clemencies – 14 pardons and 7 sentence commutations.  We are disappointed that David was not among them.  

David has the support of a victim of his crime, a former federal prosecutor from a related case, Nobel Peace Laureates, young men he mentored in prison, and many hundreds of others. At the age of 76, and after 39 years in prison, David is one of the oldest and longest serving people in New York State prison.  With his deep remorse for his crime, his ground-breaking work in combating the AIDS epidemic in prison, and his spotless prison record, he is an ideal candidate for clemency. 

David is continuing to augment his clemency application and we are confident that these efforts will be successful.  David remains strong and is working hard to stay safe in a congregate living environment where the COVID-19 infection continues to spread rapidly. This spread just adds to the urgency of his plea for clemency.

Friends of David Gilbert welcomes press inquiries. Please email us at

Tutu, and Gandhi, King Descendants Call for Clemency for NYS Imprisoned Elder Activist. FOR USA. November 10, 2020.

Passing Elder Parole Bill Would be a Step Toward Justice. Barbara Smith. Albany Times Union. October 21, 2020.

David Gilbert, Other Elder Inmates Deserve Clemency. Jerome Wright. The Buffalo News. October 11, 2020.

He Was One of New York’s Most Famous Prisoners. Now He’s One of Its Oldest—and Most Vulnerable. Samantha Michaels. Mother Jones. May 13, 2020.

How San Francisco’s D.A. Is Decreasing The Jail Population Amid COVID-19: An Interview with Chesa Boudin. Terri Gross. Fresh Air. April 9, 2020.

Chesa Boudin on His Incarcerated Father and the Threat of the Coronavirus in Prisons. Jennifer Gonnerman. The New Yorker. March 26, 2020.

“The person who more than anyone is responsible for helping me – and literally hundreds of other young people – become productive and contributing members of society is still in prison today.”

Formerly incarcerated person who was mentored by David