Release Gregory Koger on electronic monitoring
  • Petitioned Tom Dart

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Cook County Sheriff
Tom Dart
Cook County Board President
Toni Preckwinckle

Release Gregory Koger on electronic monitoring

    1. Petition by

      Ad Hoc Committee for Reason

Gregory Koger was convicted of non-violent misdemeanors in a highly controversial, essentially political, trial in 2010. He was arrested for peacefully videotaping a statement against censorship before a public meeting began. Gregory's history includes a felony conviction when he was a homeless teenager. Since his release from prison more than 7 years ago, Gregory has obtained an education and worked as a paralegal for more than 4 years, and he has devoted his life to social justice activism.  In the photo above, he is speaking with Dr. Antonio Martinez (center) in support of the California prisoners hunger strike on Jerome McDonnell's WBEZ (NPR) Worldview radio program on July 16, 2013.

Gregory has maintained his innocence all along, complied with all conditions of bond, and does not belong in jail.  However, he was just remanded to Cook County Jail on July 23, 2013.  People from all walks of life have testified to the quality of his character at his sentencing and filled the courtroom at every hearing for him.  Ex-offenders who have turned their lives around should be supported, not condemned.  You have stated in the media that the county jail is overcrowded and expressed concern about public resources wasted by incarcerating non-violent offenders.  Please release Gregory Koger to spend any remaining time on electronic monitoring.

(For details regarding Gregory Koger's case and evidence in his defense, visit our website at www.dropthecharges.net.)

To:
Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff
Toni Preckwinckle, Cook County Board President
Release Gregory Koger on electronic monitoring. He has dedicated his life to social justice and does not deserve to serve one more day in jail.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Let's tell Tom Dart to Release Gregory Koger!

      Thanks to all 530 of you who took the time to sign Gregory's petition. Once we reach 1000, we will request to meet with Sheriff Dart to present the petition asking for electronic home monitoring. The Chicago Sun-Times reported (7/31) again that Cook County jail is terribly overcrowded and inmates are held much too long, at a high human and economic cost.

      Last week I visited Cook County jail for the first time to see Gregory. It was a horrible experience of trying to talk through a tiny opening in a plexiglass wall with other visitors all yelling to be heard next to us. It was totally inhumane for everyone involved. No one deserves to be treated like this. If each of you get just one friend to sign Gregory's petition, we will hit the 1000 mark in no time. We need to act fast. Let's act together and get Gregory out.

      An Evanston Mom & Member of the Ad Hoc Committee

    3. Let's tell Tom Dart that Gregory should be released!

      Thanks to all 525 of you who took the time to sign Gregory's petition. Once we reach 1000, we will request to meet with Sheriff Dart to present the petition asking for electronic home monitoring. The Chicago Sun-Times reported (7/31) again that Cook County jail is terribly overcrowded and inmates are held much too long, at a high human and economic cost.

      Last week I visited Cook County jail for the first time to see Gregory. It was a horrible experience of trying to talk through a tiny opening in a plexiglass wall with other visitors all yelling to be heard next to us. It was totally inhumane for everyone involved. No one deserves to be treated like this. If each of you get just one friend to sign Gregory's petition, we will hit the 1000 mark in no time. We need to act fast. Let's act together and get Gregory out.

      An Evanston Mom & Member of the Ad Hoc Committee

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    4. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Judith Birgen CHICAGO, UNITED STATES
      • 8 months ago

      It's a waste of county money and shows a lack of common sense to lock a non-violent misdemeanor offender for videotaping a public meeting.

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    • Hollis Higgins SPOKANE, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      A fascist, authoritarian response to a citizen freely expressing democratic rights is unacceptable to people of conscience. Only ignorant self-righteous brutes would incarcerate such a citizen. Release Gregory Koger.

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    • Ron Cox CHICAGO, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      This is just morally wrong. Watch the video online to see what happened.

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    • Debra Sweet NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Gregory didn't commit a crime. He's in jail because of his political statements.

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    • Cheri Lundstrom WANATAH, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      Because peaceful demonstration is part f our heritage!

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