Grant clemency to Alvin Williams

Grant clemency to Alvin Williams

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Morgan Leyenberger started this petition to Governor Asa Hutchinson

Alvin Ray Williams is a living example that, as Bryan Stevenson put it in Just Mercy, “each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” 

Al came to prison in 1994 to serve a life sentence for a murder he committed during a fight when he was twenty-three. During the quarter century he has been incarcerated, he has changed remarkably and shown himself to be a true leader. In 2004, he helped to start U.N.I.T.Y., a program aimed at preventing criminal gang activity. He continues to run the program at the Tucker Max facility to this day. 

U.N.I.T.Y. works with prisoners who were previously in gangs to help them become better parents and more productive citizens when they leave prison. Prison administrators have praised the program as a real benefit to the men who participate in it. U.N.I.T.Y. also partners with outside organizations, like Centers for Youth and Families in Little Rock, to provide teaching materials to teens who are at risk for encounters with the criminal justice system. 

AETN produced a documentary on the U.N.I.T.Y. program that won a Regional Emmy award in 2012. You can learn more about Al and the U.N.I.T.Y. program by watching the documentary here: https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/programs/unity Al’s dream is to continue his work preventing gang violence as a free citizen. The Arkansas Parole Board recommended that he receive clemency three times—in 2004, 2008, and 2012—but the Governor failed to accept the recommendation each time. He is now petitioning again. Please join us in urging the Parole Board and Governor Hutchinson to grant Al clemency so the community can benefit from his vision and talents. 

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