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Commute The 23 Year Sentence of Byron Jones

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We the proud parents, family and friends of Byron Jones, who has matured beyond his years, would like for you to sign his petition to commute his sentence. While incarcerated he has been on the President's List three times for High Academic Achievement and Placement 2012, 2013 and 2015. If given a second chance, we know that Byron would make an impact on his family, friends and community.This is what Byron want everyone to know about him. Byron Jones #R23936 2600 N. Brinton Ave Dixon Il 61021


Dear Supporters,

My name is Byron Jones. I am 35 years old currently residing in Dixon Correctional Center.
   In 2001, at age 20 I was involved in a senseless drive-by shooting out of my car, which resulted in the death of an innocent life. I AM TRULY SORRY for this loss due to my driving. I was sentenced to 23 years at 100%. Now 15 years and 4 months later I am seeking commutation, because I am a rehabilitated man.
   Growing up on Chicago's Westside in an impoverished environment, as a kid it can be difficult to find an identity of your own. Sometimes you become a follower of the wrong crowd detaching yourself from following through on the potential you possess to be something greater than your environment, As a result, you end up like me.
   I grew up in a household with both parents, who worked and provided for me. At the age of 18 I graduated from John Marshall High School and three months after graduating I started working for AT&T, installing cable. I worked there until that tragic day in 2001, tragic not just for me, but the victim's family as well.
   This is my first time ever being incarcerated, so if I have to do my full 23 years, I would have spent more time in jail than I have in the free world. And even though being incarcerated is difficult, I APPRECIATE this experience, because it has taught me how to be a man of HONESTY, INTEGRITY, COMPASSION, UNDERSTANDING, PURPOSE, POSITIVITY, and MOST IMPORTANTLY how to be my TRUE SELF at ALL times. Today, I use myself as a tool to MENTOR, INSPIRE and ENCOURAGE others NOT to make the same mistakes I made, because I already made it for them, not just by talking, but through my actions.
   During my incarceration I've attained my Certification in Construction Occupations as well as my Associates Degree in Liberal Studies, finishing with a 3.8 G.P.A.
   I'm a first time offender seeking a second chance to prove that one mistake shouldn't dictate my life and define my future, when I've made the proper steps to correct it. Unlike non-violent offenders who would receive rewards for schooling (good time off sentence) I, on the other hand was not eligible to obtain those benefits, so I sought these accomplishments with the incentive to only rehabilitate myself so that I could be PRODUCTIVE and CONDUCIVE in society once again.



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