NAPO Washington Reports

NAPO opposition to parole of Joseph Comfort

January 14, 2014

Text Box:      We urge your support and action to ensure that this killer remains in prison. To mail a letter of opposition to the Board of Parole, it should be sent to the following address:

NYS Board of Parole

1220 Washington Ave, Building 2
Albany, New York 12226-2050

If you would like to submit a letter opposition to the Board of Parole online, please visit its website by clicking on the following link:
After you fill out your personal information, you will see fields for "Din," "Inmate Name" and "Subject of Your Email." Here is what you will type in:

Din:  82C0273
Inmate Last Name:  Comfort
Inmate First Name:  Joseph
Subject:  Letter of Opposition

Then, in the "Comments" box, you can cut and paste the following letter:

As a Police Officer, I oppose the parole of Joseph Comfort who gunned down, Investigator VanHall, who dedicated his life to serving and protecting the public and worked undercover in the war against drugs. He was on duty on December 5, 1980, when without warning he was shotgunned in the back by Comfort.   


In addition to being a dedicated law enforcement officer, Investigator VanHall had also served two tours in Vietnam as a Green Beret, where he distinguished himself by being awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart.  After all of his service and sacrifice, Investigator VanHall was senselessly gunned down while serving the people of New York State.