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Gregory Koger was convicted of non-violent misdemeanors in a highly controversial, essentially political, trial in 2010. He was arrested for peacefully videotaping a statement against censorship before a public meeting began. Gregory's history includes a felony conviction when he was a homeless teenager. Since his release from prison more than 7 years ago, Gregory has obtained an education and worked as a paralegal for more than 4 years, and he has devoted his life to social justice activism.  In the photo above, he is speaking with Dr. Antonio Martinez (center) in support of the California prisoners hunger strike on Jerome McDonnell's WBEZ (NPR) Worldview radio program on July 16, 2013.

Gregory has maintained his innocence all along, complied with all conditions of bond, and does not belong in jail.  However, he was just remanded to Cook County Jail on July 23, 2013.  People from all walks of life have testified to the quality of his character at his sentencing and filled the courtroom at every hearing for him.  Ex-offenders who have turned their lives around should be supported, not condemned.  You have stated in the media that the county jail is overcrowded and expressed concern about public resources wasted by incarcerating non-violent offenders.  Please release Gregory Koger to spend any remaining time on electronic monitoring.

(For details regarding Gregory Koger's case and evidence in his defense, visit our website at www.dropthecharges.net.)

Letter to
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinckle
Release Gregory Koger on electronic monitoring. He has dedicated his life to social justice and does not deserve to serve one more day in jail.