Grant Clemency to Nonviolent Drug Offender Serving Life Sentence - Ismael Rosa (05947-424)

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Dear President Barack Obama & United States Pardon’s Attorney, I am writing this letter in support to a petition for commutation of sentence for Ismael Rosa inmate number 05947-424. He is currently confined in the Federal Correctional Institution at Pekin IL. He was convicted by a jury on a plea of NOT GUILTY in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois of the crime of: Conspiracy to distribute kilos of cocaine powder in violation of 21-USC 841 (a) and 18 USC 2 and use of a communication facility in relation to a drug offense in violation of 21 USC 843 (a) and 18 USC 2. His mandatory minimum sentence was enhanced pursuant to 21 USC 851 pursuant to convictions from the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL for possession of a controlled substance and manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. He was sentenced on April 4, 1995 to LIFE in prison at the age of 39. A judgment of commitment was issued on August 8, 1995 as case #94-cr-333 (a) Life and a 4 years concurrent sentence. Ismael has a great support team, his five children. Abram now 39, Vanessa 38, Ismael 36, Delaiza 31, and Cristina the youngest 26 who was only 6 years old when Ismael was sentenced. Ismael has a very large family that supports him seven (7) sisters and two (2) brothers. During his time incarcerated he was sadden to hear the passing of his brother in 2000. He is bless to have his sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws by his side including a large number of nieces and nephews and a list of grandchildren who miss grandpa very much and love him dearly, followed by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Over the years as time has been served Ismael took what he knew and used it for the good. The past singer, song writer, and entertainer we once knew is now a Pastor, a leader, a teacher and mentor at the FCI Pekin. Ismael services as the Pastor in both the English and Spanish Christian Ministry serves. Ismael was raised as a Christian and he has lead many to Christ preaching the gospel and praying for others. He used his skills as an employee of the Chicago Board of Education, as a teacher’s aide helping other inmates by teaching and tutoring them to better serve themselves and time. He help inmates with no high school diploma receive a GED and he helped the Hispanics inmates receive ESL-English Certificate as a second language. Ismael has taken numerous of classes to better him selves but pays it forward even on advanced levels classes and course. Since March of 2000, he is the head barber running the barber shop under staff supervision. Not only does he cut hair but also teaches other inmates as well. Ismael has stayed above the troubled fray in the harshest federal prison walls, and has become more than involved behind these walls. He remains prayerful and will continue to be a positive influence to others by teaching mentoring and building the kingdom and preaching the gospel. Please give Mr. Rosa a chance to be a father to his children again. Second chances at life who long to have him home again. He is not a menace to society. If the prison system’s entire purpose is to a) punish for crime and b) retrain individuals for entry into society, I believe the system has more than accomplished its goal with Mr. Rosa. Not only has he bettered himself as an individual through education and self reflection, he designs training and mentors others in the system. Ismael Rosa age 59 has served 20 years and nine (9) months for his crime. Therefore, I ask you to please consider commuting his sentence so that he can bring his expertise and knowledge to the general public and his children sooner rather than later. Please review his file and you will see he exceeds the requirements for Clemency Criteria for clemency: 1) Inmates who are currently serving a federal sentence in prison and, by operation of law, likely would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of the same offense today; 2) are non-violent, low-level offenders without significant ties to large-scale criminal organizations, gangs, or cartels; 3) Have served at least 10 years of their sentence; 4) Do not have a significant criminal history; 5) Have demonstrated good conduct in prison; and 6) Have no history of violence prior to or during their current term of imprisonment. Mr. Rosa awaits to here: "Be it known that I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America ... do hereby grant the said application and commute the prison sentence imposed' upon the said Ismael Rosa."

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