I am NOT my Past

I am NOT my Past

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Eldrich Anderson started this petition to Govenor by way of Illinois Correction and

 Hello my name is Eldrich Anderson. I am 37 years old born in Chicago, Il. I am writing to ask you to grant me this commutation of sentence clemency on behalf of myself as well as my spouse, children, family and community. My son is now 20 and my baby girl is now 15. Both are at the age where they need their fathers Guidance, Love and Support. I know I haven't always been the one to listen to nor follow but now I’m conscious of my actions & realize that every action has a reaction that leads to consequences. I have learned from these consequences & my wrong decision has shown me what the right way is. It has pushed me towards the right path after doing wrong for so long. Life became much easier once I was aware of the habitual habit of doing things correctly. It feels good to be productive and accomplish positive things while taking accountability for my actions and bettering myself. I went to school via mail while I was doing this I signed up for every class that would help me better myself & change my way of thinking.I knew that my way of solving problems & assessing situations was wrong. I got involved & took every class that was available, that could really help me & change my MINDSET. Not only did I succeed in these classes that ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS had to offer but NOW I'M TEACHING THESE SAME CLASSES.YES, I AM A PEER EDUCATOR FOR THE STATE OF ILLINOIS.I became a Peer Educator in Big Muddy River Correctional Center. My understanding of ILLINOIS Department Of Corrections as a whole is to built on Rehabilitation & this I have done test after test, nothing but trials & tribulations. I have surpassed so much that now I've been entrusted to help rehabilitate my peers! I am so GRATEFUL for all that I've learned & to grow,learn & better myself as a man, a positive productive man of society! In every aspect these classes has helped me so much.They have helped me to change my mindset, to have more compassionate & empathy for life.Which I didn't have. Now I have a better understanding for life itself! I'm now able to put things into its proper perspective & be the man that my family needs me to be. I have grown, matured & learned so much in this time span.I have come to see & know how it is less complicated & less stressful to do the right thing, plus I no longer have that ill mindset or that,“get over on people mentality". I not only now have patience but I also have TOLERANCE! I KNOW MY ROLE AS A MAN, A HUMAN BEING, A FATHER, A BROTHER, A FRIEND & A LOVING HUSBAND & A PRODUCTIVE CITIZEN OF SOCIETY. To be honest my family has a lack of positive male role models also my community. For some reason us as people tend to glorify negativity. I personally believe it’s  because we don't see nor know to many positive productive men in our neighborhoods.We need more men who have understanding & patience,thats firm & also know when to compromise that will not give up on these children! I know that I will not be able to change the world but as long as I can prevent a child from going down the same road that I WAS ON THEN I'VE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. I WON’T STOP THERE IT MANY CHILDREN  THAT I CAN REACH & TEACH! IT FEELS GOOD TO SEE THE NEXT MAN PROSPER! When I'm teaching these classes: HEALTHY & UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS, BOUNDARIES,CONSEQUENCES & MEN ROLES. It made me feel great to see how inmates would have that eye-opening moment.To see them use what we was just spoke about in class & not only be successful using it but being productive as well. It just hurts me that I couldn't be there to help my son assess his problems when he would get off work at 10 pm at night! I know my children need me & I need them. I AM READY! I KNOW NOW HOW TO BE A GOOD MAN, A GREAT FATHER,THE BEST HUSBAND & A COMPASSIONATE FRIEND! A MAN OF GREAT UNDERSTANDING,THAT IS WILLING TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE, BEING THE BEST MENTOR. I NEED THIS CLEMENCY SO THAT I CAN TAKE WHAT I HAVE LEARNED HERE & GO REHABILITATE MY COMMUNITY. TO BE THE MAN THAT MY FAMILY & COMMUNITY NEEDS ME TO BE. As said before that I was told that IDOC is all about rehabilitation & bettering oneself, well it has open my eyes & gave me a DIFFERENT VIEW ON LIFE & FOR LIFE! I NEED THIS CLEMENCY NOT ONLY FOR ME BUT SO MY FAMILY & COMMUNITY AS WELL SO MANY PEOPLE!!! THANK YOU & GOD BLESS YOU!

SINCERELY,

MR.ANDERSON......THE END!!!!!!
 

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