Bringing me home.
Bringing me home.
Why this petition matters
My name is Alberto Zavala, I am (44)-years old and I've been incarcerated for the past (18)-plus years. I was charged and found guilty of First-Degree Murder & Home Invasion under the "Theory of Accountability". Although I wasn't the actual perpetrator that committed the crime, I still hold myself responsible for what transpired, because my actions caused a domino effect which led to the demise of a man. As a man I have no excuse for the role I played nor will I try to justify such, but I do own what I have done and for that I'm truly sorry.
At this juncture of my life, I might not be the man that I 'should' be, but I'm definitely not the man that I 'used' to be and that is why I am humbly asking that I be given a second-chance to be a free man again. I am now seeking for my time to be considered served through a Clemency/Commutation, due to the fact that this Covid-19 is running rampant and I don't want to fall victim to this virus, "especially" since I have two underlying health-issues (high cholesterol & high blood pressure). Throughout my incarceration I have read hundreds of self-help books and accomplished many things, like being a mentor to those that need guidance, are not fluent in English, as well as to those that are on their way to going home.
I have completed a handful of programs/classes which have allowed me to obtain several Certificates. Moreover, I have held six different detail-jobs, from being a Hallway-worker at the Cook County Jail, to recently being on the frontlines of the Covid-19 Deep-Clean Crew, while here in Stateville. My disciplinary report is impeccable, being that I only have one infraction, where I was given a verbal-reprimand. So this in itself speaks volumes of the person/man I am now, based on my rehabilitative state of mind. The reason why I am seeking a Clemency is because I truly believe I'm deserving of a second-chance at redemption through my actions and not by mere words. I don't want to die here and my objective is to be reunited back with my two exceptional teenage son's, my esteemed brother's, and spend the remaining years my dear parent(s) have on this earth, taking care of them, as they took care of me. I am not the worst of the worst and beyond redemption, I am not a monster who threatens the very fabric of society, so "please" advocate for me by signing this online petition. Thank you for your support. Respectfully, Alberto Zavala #R-53809, Stateville Correctional Center, P.O. Box 112, Joliet, IL 60434.