Illinois State Govenor, Pat Quinn: Grant of Executive Clemency to Harriet Bianca Shivley (Johnson)
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Illinois State Govenor, Pat Quinn: Grant of Executive Clemency to Harriet Bianca Shivley (Johnson)

    1. Harriet Bianca Johnson
    2. Petition by

      Harriet Bianca Johnson

      Lansing, IL

In 1999, I committed a crime.  I was sentenced to two years probation.  Our society brands the felon for the rest of his or her lifetime. Essentially, once a felon, always a felon. This is wrong. This is not forgiveness. A lifetime punishment is harmful to society as a whole. This is not mercy. A pardon gives the deserving person an opportunity to remove the felon branding. I made a huge mistake.  I have learned an invaluable lesson which is evident in the life of integrity that I currently live.  I am requesting your support in my petition to the Illinois Govenor for a  pardon.  I would like a second chance.   

Thank you.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures
    2. Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action

      Harriet Bianca Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      November 21, 2012

      Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action

      CHICAGO – November 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today granted 81 and denied 88 clemency petitions. This action marks another step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at eliminating a backlog of more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration.

      The 169 clemency petitions acted upon by Governor Quinn are part of dockets ranging from 2005 through 2010. Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS).

      A granted clemency request for a pardon with expungement allows the petitioner to seek expungement of their conviction through the court system.

      Since taking office, Governor Quinn has acted on 2,237 clemency petitions. Governor Quinn has granted 842 and denied 1,395 petitions. Those actions include granting 825 pardons and authorizing 17 people who had previously

    3. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rashida Cage RICHTON PARK, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      This is important to me because I know personally how hard it is to break free from the stigmatism, "once a felon, always a felon". I agree that this is not true, and that if an individual learns from his/her mistakes, there is an enlightening, a mind change that cannot be fabricated.

      Bianca is a woman of character, inner strength, and wisdom that life and experience has allowed her to obtain. I admire her determination to succeed and defy the stereotype. She has achieved a Bachelor's degree, has had gainful employment, and has been a consistent, productive member of society for quite some time since this incident occurred.

      Bianca has children, and has shown that she has the tenacity to endure hardship and provide for her family in an honest way. Please grant her pardon, as I truly believe that she has been rehabilitated, and this will be one pardon that will definitely make a positive impact on not just Bianca, but so many other lives that she has touched through her example.

    • Andrea Campbell LOGANVILLE, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I think Harriet truly regrets her crime and wants to start making positive changes in society. I believe she deserves the opportunity to put the past behind and move on to a brighter future. I pray my signature will help.

      • over 1 year ago

      I believe everyone deserves a second chance.

    • shannon Stiles DOLTON, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      She has learned her lesson

      • over 1 year ago

      She is a very upstanding person and is a value to the community


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