Clemency for Bryon Russ

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We ask you to sign this petition in support of the decision for Bryon K. Russ Sr. be granted Executive Clemency by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

 We are seeking Executive Clemency by way of commutation for Bryon. He has served 17 years in prison, this is half of his minimum prison term.  We believe Bryon should be granted clemency because he has used his time productively and responsible to rehabilitate himself and pro-actively advance himself in positive ways.  Bryon has completed all therapeutic programs the NYS Department of Corrections offers.  He has participated in voluntary programs like Youth Assistance Program (YAP) Alternative to Violence (AVP) and conducted educational classes for other prisoners on topics like Business and Real Estate.  He has obtained certificates for teaching classes to other prisoners, legal research clerk, and vocational skill.  He has obtained his GED and began working towards his associates degree through the CPEP (Cornell Prison Education Program) offered by Cornell University, gaining 35 college credits.  He currently volunteers as a Teacher's Aid and an AVP facilitator teaching other prisoners basic education skills and alternatives to violence.

 Bryon has made great use of his time. Not only has he made extensive improvements to himself and his thinking he works tirelessly to assist other in doing the same.  Simply stated he is no longer the man he was when he was 25 years old and sentence to 49 years in prison.  In the 17 years Bryon has been incarcerated he has never received a disciplinary ticket for any form of violence.  He has never received a disciplinary ticket for drug use, weapons use, or weapons possession.  Bryon has learned from his mistakes and deserved a fair and thorough consideration for clemency.

 We ask that you please sign this petition in support of the decision to grant Bryon Russ Sr. Clemency and allow him to be released as soon as possible. We are asking for a fair and careful review of his entire Clemency proposal, case file and institutional record.   The idea of him having to serve yet another 17 years in prison seems like a gross injustice.  Please allow Bryon an opportunity to put all the great self-work he has done to rehabilitate himself to use and gain his freedom.

 Thank you for your support.

-The Family of Bryon K. Russ Sr.