Give Damon a second chance at life

Give Damon a second chance at life

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Carla Rogers started this petition to Governor J.B. Pritzker and

Damon Simon resides at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center in Pinckneyville,  IL.  He is a 41 year old black man who has served 15 of his 50 year sentence. He was convicted of murder where he was in a public altercation with another man who had previously threatened his life. Both parties were armed for their protection and it came down to Damon having to exercise in self defense, where he had to take the life of a man who was determined to kill him.

Damon never wanted to be in the position where he had to take the life of another person or have to hurt someone. He cooperated with law enforcement and the court system and admitted his actions of self defense and in turn was punished by a ridiculously long sentence of 50 years at the age of 25. He was never given any option of early release. He has had to watch his family and friends grow without him.

Damon is a High School graduate who had also completed a Jobs for Youth Program right after High School.  Once Damon graduated, he went to work to help provide for his family. 

Since he's been in prison he has completed many programs to help further his education, as well as having exemplary behavior.  Damon has proven he is a rehabilitated man by also holding an in prison occupational assignment during his time spent there. 

Damon, like many other black men in the court systems, has been dealt an unfairly long sentence destroying his opportunity to ever lead a successful and accomplished life.

Damon is pursuing a possible clemency opportunity. It could provide him a chance at being released earlier than his 50 year sentence, but we need the signatures of support of anyone who reads this who can believe in and stand behind Damon. Please join us with your support to give him a second chance at being able to enjoy the rest of his life outside of prison, as a productive member of society.

Thank you for your time, your signature,  and your support. Please share and God bless! 

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