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Clemency for Clinton Stanley Matthews

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My name is Jamika Burnette, and I am writing this letter on behalf of Clinton Stanley Matthews. I am his Clemency Advocate, and work closely with him to support his efforts to receive Executive Clemency from President Obama.

In Clinton’s own words, “Opportunities should be given when society sees a person has positively progressed, and changed and deserves a second chance. I believe in letting the record reflect that I have changed. I hope others can see that I am truly sincere by my actions.  I have worked hard to be a better version of my former self. I have spent the last twenty years of my sentence with clear conduct. I know I deserve a second chance and opportunity to show our society that I have changed.”

Clinton Matthews is one of the many inmates incarcerated under egregious and unjustly lengthy sentences for non-violent drug offenses. He has been condemned to the confines of the criminal justice system since 1993, and is never expected to be a free man until he dies. Currently, he is on his 23rd year of incarceration and has a non-violent background. He received life on one count of Conspiracy, and an additional 220 years on additional drug counts on this same indictment. It does not take 220 years for a human being to become rehabilitated, especially when vicious and violent criminals are given second chances at freedom well before their natural death.

On September 6, 2016 Mr. Matthew’s judge, Henry coke Morgan Jr., sent a second letter to the pardon attorney Mr. Zauzmer with enclosed letters of the past communication letters including a May 18th correspondence supporting his clemency.

Included in the May 18, 2015 correspondence to the OPA, Clinton’s judge stated, "I would not have imposed a life sentence on the defendant, had the sentencing not been mandated by the guidelines." In another quote he says, "In view of the length of time the defendant has served, your assessment of his behavior while in prison, and the availability of a strong support network, it is my opinion that he would -be an excellent candidate for executive clemency."

Clinton has made many strides, all of which revolve around the positive advancement of himself and others. Some of these things include and are not limited to the following: He has worked on a number of projects to help prepare younger generations for life in society, as well as, bring positive word to the youth in the community and the elderly in convalescent facilities. He’s successfully completed an advanced program for computer graphing and designing, and graduated in 2014. Now, he is a volunteer tutor for the AutoCAD aided graphing and designing program at the Petersburg Federal Correctional Facility. In addition, Clinton is also in a program called “Free Your Mind”, which is a free-world organization designed to help people for reentry. Matthew's plan is to obtain his commercial as soon as he is released in which he will seek employment as a commercial truck driver.

During his many years away, he has lost his grandmother, grandfather, mother and one granddaughter. His return home is a priority, as he needs to be available for his family, his children, and grandchildren. With the time he has left in this life, he needs to restore constructive relationships, and make a difference in the lives of the ones who have come after him, so that this cycle will not be repeated.

Please sign my petition asking President Obama to grant #ClintonMatthews clemency.

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