Petition Closed
Petitioning Executive Officer Board of Parole Hearings Jennifer Shaffer and 2 others
This petition will be delivered to:
Executive Officer Board of Parole Hearings
Jennifer Shaffer
Board of Parole Hearings
Commissioners
Governor
Jerry Brown

Boy to Man - Raised By The California Department of Corrections

Ronell Walker was sentenced to life with parole at the age of 16. Year after year he has been denied parole by California's Board of Parole Hearings. After 2 decades, it's time for California's Board of Parole Hearings to send Mr. Walker home.


Letter to
Executive Officer Board of Parole Hearings Jennifer Shaffer
Board of Parole Hearings Commissioners
Governor Jerry Brown
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Governor Edmund Brown; Jennifer Shaffer, Executive Officer BPH.

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Grant Ronell Walker's Parole At His Next Hearing

Ronell Walker was sentenced to life with parole at the age of 16. Year after year he has been denied parole by California's Board of Parole Hearings. In a 2012 article entitled “Paying a Price, Long After the Crime” A. Blumstein and K. Nakamura report, “It is well established that the risk of recidivism drops steadily with time, but there is still the question of how long is long enough. By looking at data for more than 88,000 people…and tracking their criminal histories over the next 25 years…we estimate the “redemption time” – the time it takes for an individual’s likelihood of being arrested to be close to that of individuals with no criminal records – to be about 10 to 13 years. After 2 decades, it's time for California's Board of Parole Hearings to set Mr. Walker free.

Ronell is a sweet man who as a boy made a decision that earned him time in prison. He began his sentence in a California juvenile facility and was transferred to an adult facility when he became of age.

Experts agree that if anyone convicted of a crime has the ability to turn their life around, a child does. According to Lucy C. Ferguson, “Scientific data establishes that the human brain is not fully mature until an individual is in his early to mid-twenties and possibly beyond. It is why none of us, including Mr. Ronell Walker, still behave the way we did as a teenager. Mr. Walker has proved the experts right . He received his GED, completed the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and even pursued higher education, of his own accord. He grew from a boy to a man inside the walls of a California Correctional Facility. He deserves a chance to prove he can and will be an upstanding citizen any of us will not be afraid to call neighbor and proud to call friend.

Mr. Ronell Walker is not a threat nor a danger to society or the community. Therefore, we request that he be paroled from California's Department of Corrections at his next parole suitability hearing in 2013.
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Sincerely,