Hello, my name is Samuel Hamilton. I participated in a Robbery as a lookout. The crime suddenly turned tragic when the victim selected, an off-duty housing officer pulled his revolver and exchanged shots with my codefendant. The officer was killed, and I was wounded and eventually arrested. After serving 18 years, I appeared before the Parole Board and was denied release. I was again denied release in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. I have now served nearly 30 years of an 18-to-life sentence.
I deeply apologize to the victim's family and my own for the pain and suffering I have caused them. To my regret, it is impossible to undo the harm I have caused. This motivated me to participate in various therapeutic programs (Aggression Replacement Training, Alternative to Violence Program, Breaking Barriers), which contributed to my transformation.
I used my time and sorrow as a catalyst for positive change. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Nyack College and a Master of Professional Studies degree from the New York Theological Seminary (NYTS). I am trained in HIV/AIDS, Legal Research, Higher Education Methodologies, Alternative to Domestic Violence, Cultural Awareness/Civil Rights Heritage, and Basic and Advanced Parenting.
Since 1995, I have been working for the Osborne Association Family Works Program Children's Center at Sing Sing. This program allows me to make amends by helping children and to gain experience in human service. I am also the Associate Editor of the Children's Center newsletter and facilitator of Alternative to Domestic Violence and Breaking Barriers, both Osborne initiatives.
When released I look forward to reuniting with my wife and family, working at Osborne, and pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from NYTS.
In Closing ....
Thanks for your genuine concern and support for individuals who have transformed their lives, men who are not only less likely to return to prison, but who are also committed to building up the communities they once destroyed.
Letter of Support