Brandon L. Cordell’s Executive Clemency Petition, Seeking Commutation of Sentence.

Brandon L. Cordell’s Executive Clemency Petition, Seeking Commutation of Sentence.

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Monique Felton started this petition to Governor J.B. Pritzker

Please help by signing this petition intended for Governor Pritzker of the state of Illinois for mercy and consideration.  

I am writing on behalf of Brandon L. Cordell, who is currently housed at Graham Correctional Center at 12078 Illinois Route 185, Hillsboro, IL 62049. I am respectfully requesting that you find it in your heart to grant his request for clemency. In 2001, at the age of 23, Brandon was charged and indicted for felony murder. The term "felony murder" makes those who’s involved in the commission of a crime, responsible for everything that takes place during the course of committing the crime. In pleading guilty for taking part in malice actions that lead to murder, he was sentenced to 28 years. Brandon is now 42 years old; his projected release date is March 1, 2029.  20 years ago, stood a young adult with the mentality of a boy with no sense of direction, who made an awful bad decision. Brandon is accountable for his actions; he takes full responsibility for his participation in the criminality that resulted in his incarceration. He understands the impact his actions have on the victim’s family. Brandon is very remorseful for the pain he’s caused, and terribly sorry to those who have been affected by his actions.

Since his incarceration he’s grown mentally and spiritually. Brandon used his adversities as an opportunity to learn, heal and grow. Although the prison system is not designed to promote positive transformation, he did not postpone the process to flourish despite the circumstances. The time incarcerated has changed Brandon into a different person, one who foster constructive views of life. He continues to strive daily to improve personal, social and emotional development. His self-motivation is through prayer, reading and increasing his knowledge in the stock market. As he visions and plan his goal to one day own and operate his own business, he continues to research, develop strategies and seek useful information. 

Brandon is a respectable man. He is a son, father, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. A pillar of strength and joy to his family. Brandon look forward to the opportunity to one day create new memories with his family and son outside the prison. At the time of his conviction, his only child was a toddler, now Brandon is the proud father of a college student. Brandon feels manhood is understanding the responsibility to building a positive legacy. Brandon is not only a better person for his son, but he'll also be a great asset to society. He continues to share his testimony to young inmates about his life experience of gang involvement and selling drugs. Using this as a bridge of testimony for mentoring and offering positive guidance. Sharing how the negative lifestyle impacts everyone, the victim’s family, the inmate family, and communities.  

Brandon program participation and completion of course studies are outstanding. Completing all available courses offered: Communication Skills, Life Skills, The Life Skills Transformation Through Communication Class, Twelve Stop Meetings, Logical Thinking & Problem Solving, Anger Management, Literacy Project's Tutor Training, Industry Bakery, Anger & Stress Management, Substance Abuse Program, Fatherhood Program, Custodial Maintenance and Culinary Arts. Brandon also received his G.E.D. from Illinois Community College. He is most proud of obtaining an Associate Degree in Liberal Studies from Lakeland College, and being a recipient on the Honor's List. Rehabilitation Programs are successful, but there is no point in having individuals commit to educational programs if there is no hope of releasing them into society to implement the work they were taught in the programs. 

In 1978, the State of Illinois abolished the discretionary parole system. In discretionary systems, release is granted following a decision by a parole board, which grants or withholds parole based on its assessment of individual cases. To this day, there are no changes to the legislative ruling. Illinois remains one of few states that does not have any procedure in place for periodic review of elderly, terminally ill inmates and those with long-term sentence, that has served the majority of their time, that present no risk to society. 

Brandon and I understands this is not an isolated case, some people may think those incarcerated is not worthy of a second chance. Brandon displays no threat to anyone, there is no history of violent disciplinary infraction on his incarceration record. It cost the State of Illinois more to keep Brandon warehoused behind a cage then the average cost of college tuition. Brandon has 8 years remaining to serve, why suppress the potential of one’s life, if given the chance to turn it around. It's time for him to come home, let us not deem Brandon as hopeless! Brandon is hoping for your support and will be most grateful for all that you do. This is a major task that takes not only the support of his family and those who's familiar with his character, but also a village of people who have compassion, shared understanding, and an open heart.

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