Boy to Man - Raised By The California Department of Corrections
  • Petitioned Jennifer Shaffer

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Executive Officer Board of Parole Hearings
Jennifer Shaffer
Board of Parole Hearings
Commissioners
California
Gov. Jerry Brown

Boy to Man - Raised By The California Department of Corrections

    1. Tanessa Chappell
    2. Petition by

      Tanessa Chappell

      Shreveport, LA

Ronell Walker was sentenced to life with parole at the age of 16. Year after year he has been denied parole by California's Board of Parole Hearings. After 2 decades, it's time for California's Board of Parole Hearings to send Mr. Walker home.

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    1. Q&A Article Supporting Reason(s) For Ronell's Parole

      Tanessa Chappell
      Petition Organizer

      "The Supreme Court agrees—In Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005) the Court explained, “From a moral standpoint it would be misguided to equate the failings of a minor with those of an adult, for a greater possibility exists that a minor’s character deficiencies will be reformed.” No one can know definitively what kind of person a 14, 15, 16, or 17-year-old will become. Therefore, it is appropriate to provide youth with meaningful and periodic reviews of their life sentences to ensure that those who can prove they have reformed are given an opportunity to re-enter society as contributing citizens."
      ~Quoted from the link at Fair Sentencing for Youth

    2. 100 Signatures Reached!

      Tanessa Chappell
      Petition Organizer

      It's been a long journey but we finally have 100 signatures. Please, continue getting the word out about this petition for Ronell's freedom. The support that has been shown is humbling. I thank you and Ronell thanks you too. Much love and respect to you all.

      Tanessa

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Almost 100 Signatures....

      Tanessa Chappell
      Petition Organizer

      I just want to express my sincerest thanks to everyone who has signed this petition. We still have a ways to go before we reach our goal. Please keep this petition going. Ask your friends and family to sign. Post this link: http://www.change.org/petitions/boy-to-man-raised-by-the-california-department-of-corrections in your blogs or on any of the networking/social sites that you frequent. Again, thank you for your continued support.

      Lets bring Ronell home!

    5. 56 Signatues Reached!!!

      Tanessa Chappell
      Petition Organizer

      Our most sincerest gratitude to everyone who is helping this petition become a success. It is humbling to see.so many people show support to someone who felt no one cared. On behalf of Ronell and myself... Thank you all so much!

    6. Reached 50 signatures
    7. 42 Signatures So Far!!!

      Tanessa Chappell
      Petition Organizer

      Many thanks to all who have signed this petition. Many, many more are needed. As you know the parole rate in California is one of the lowest in America. If Ronell is going to stop being a part of this trend, he's going to need many more supporters in this cause. So please, if you would be so kind as to post the link to this petition on any social sites and groups that you may visit. 42 signatures is much appreciated, but a long way from 100,000. FREE RONELL!!!

    8. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Cheryl Harris IRVING, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I agree with my husband. This is so disappointing. Where is the justice?

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    • Anthony Harris IRVING, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      This is a big disappointment on the part of this state's prison and parole system.

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    • Shelly Reeves PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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    • Mark Graham IRVING, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      The ridiculousness of this man's sentence is the sheriff of San Francisco was allowed to keep his job after he pled guilty to domestic violence and a charge that SHOULD HAVE been kidnapping. How unJUST is California's criminal JUSTice system? I think Mr. Walker should sue the state of California. Ms. Chappell make sure you look into that. Get him some compensation on the grounds of racial inequality in sentencing.

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    • Joju C. ATLANTA, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      2 decades is enough.

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