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Massachusetts Parole Board: Please Release Donald Perry Immediately!
  • Petitioning Massachusetts Parole Board

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Massachusetts Parole Board

Massachusetts Parole Board: Please Release Donald Perry Immediately!

    1. Elaine Arsenault
    2. Petition by

      Elaine Arsenault

      Montague, MA

In August 2011, Donald Perry -- a soup kitchen manager and homeless outreach worker -- picked up a homeless man and gave him a ride to a nearby town.

Along the way they were stopped by a state police officer. Shortly before Donald stopped the truck the homeless man fled -- leaving his possessions behind. When the police officer searched the truck he found stolen items amongst the homeless man’s possessions.

Donald was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. From the beginning, Donald proclaimed his innocence but spent almost a year in jail waiting for his trial.

When his case finally went before a judge and jury this past July 2012, Donald was acquitted of all charges.

But Donald is still not free.

The same day of his acquittal, Donald was returned to the local jail and then transferred to a state penitentiary at MCI Shirley MA. Donald is currently being held because in 1983, he received a 2nd Degree Life sentence for an Armed Robbery.  

The Massachusetts Parole Board must now decide whether to re-parole Donald.  During the ten years that he was on parole prior to his arrest in August of 2011, Donald was, by all accounts, one of the Board’s great success stories. At the time of his arrest, Donald was employed as Program Manager of the Not Bread Alone Soup Kitchen in Amherst, MA and as Project Coordinator of the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Outreach Program in Northampton, MA. 

Unfortunately, even after spending nearly a year behind bars awaiting his trial date, and then being acquitted of the charges, Donald now finds himself still incarcerated and at the mercy of the parole board for his freedom. 

We are friends, acquaintances, neighbors, associates, and co-workers of Donald Perry. We are asking you to please sign our petition encouraging the Massachusetts Parole Board to vote in favor of immediately releasing Donald back into our community.

Massachusetts Parole Board
We respectfully request that you make the right decision and immediately release Donald. This petition is in full and complete support of Donald Perry’s release. It’s time for Donald to come home to us now.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 150,000 signatures
    2. Hampshire Gazette: Former soup kitchen worker Donald Perry remains jailed

      Randall Smith
      Petition Organiser

      A jury in July found him not guilty of charges that he was in possession of stolen property from two Leverett homes, but Donald Perry, a former coordinator of Not Bread Alone soup kitchen, is still in prison on a parole violation.

      For family, friends and acquaintances, an effort to get Perry out of jail is coming through a petition they plan to send to the Massachusetts Parole Board prior to his parole hearing March 12. The hearing takes place at 2 p.m. at 12 Mercer Road, Natick.

      Read more: http://www.gazettenet.com/news/townbytown/amherst/4394459-95/perry-parole-board-donald

    3. The Republican: Friends of Donald Perry are hoping he will be freed...

      Randall Smith
      Petition Organiser

      Elaine Arsenault, his partner of four years, has launched a petition drive to help get him out. He has hearing before the parole board to review his life sentence March 12.
      Arsenault said when she asked people to sign the petition they were stunned. They had assumed he was free after being exonerated.

      So far, 764 have signed it and posted comments praising Petigny-Perry as a person and for the work he has done.

      Read more: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/02/friends_of_donald_petigny-perr.html

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 2 days ago

      What part of "acquitted" don't they understand?!

      • 12 days ago

      What a sad tale! Please release this man immediately. It seems clear he has not committed a crime in over 30 years!

    • Miriam Gennuso EL PASO, TX
      • about 1 month ago

      they punish you for the old crime

    • Gerald Stoafer LAS VEGAS, NV
      • about 1 month ago

      No harm in reversing the clock to the time on the clock in his kitchen.

    • Bruce Olitzky SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      It is time to show some moral and ethical courage and do the right thing.


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