Joy Powell, Reverend

As a pastor and a consistent activist against police brutality, violence and oppression in her community, Rev. Joy Powell was warned by the Rochester Police department that she was a target because of her speaking out against corruption. On many occasions Rev. Joy had held rallies and spoke out against the police brutality and “police justifications” in Rochester NY. As a result, Rev. Joy was accused of 1st Degree Burglary and Assault on October 9, 2006.

An all white jury tried her; the state provided no evidence and no eyewitnesses. Rev. Joy was not allowed to discuss her activism or say that she was a pastor. The person that testified for her was not allowed to tell the court that he knew Rev. Joy through their activist work and through the church. Furthermore, the judge Francis Affronti promised he was going to give her a harsh sentence. She was convicted and given 16 years and 7 years concurrent. Rev Joy Powell is more than sure her case was politically motivated based on her activism for equality and justice for all.




Sunday, March 4, 1962



Projected Release Date: 

Oct 09, 2022

Mailing Address: 

Reverend Joy Powell #07G0632
Bedford Hills CF
P.O. Box 1000
Bedford Hills, NY 10507-2499
United States



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From Reverend Joy's support

From Reverend Joy's support site [26 March 2017]:

Take ActionSister Joy needs our help!!!

After filing numerous grievances for sexual harassment / stalking by guards, religious discrimination (subjected to anti-Black / Islamophobic violence after converting to the NOI), deprivation of access to court and legal materials and tampering with her mail / property, Sis. Joy has been held in solitary confinement and denied medical treatment (for Asthma and Diabetes). PLEASE contact:

Sabina Kaplan, Superintendent
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
247 Harris Rd
Bedford Hills, NY 10507

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at (518) 457-8134
Harriman State Campus
1220 Washington Avenue, Bldg. 2
Room 315
Albany, New York 12226

Please bring to their attention that we are aware of the treatment Joy has been receiving, and that we demand it stop.


Rev. Joy would appreciate copies of support letters sent to her. 

blissettfaq's picture

Currently there is no contact

Currently there is no contact information for Reverend Joy's support group at: . If anyone has contact information for that group, please ask them to make that available on their site or to post it here. It would be great if they would adopt this page since they have the most current information about Reverend Joy.

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