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prisoners rights

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Petition to Ernest Gwinn

Help Ernest Gwinn Come Home - Sign My Executive Clemency Petition

My name is Ernest Gwinn R26930. I am currently housed at Dixon Correctional Center 2600 N. Brinton Ave, Dixon, IL 61021.  I filed an Executive Clemency for commutation of two prison sentences. I received one sentence for 25 years at 50% for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Additionally, I received 20 years at 85% for a home invasion with an injury. As of Mach 2018, I will have served 15 years of the assigned sentence. Please review my accomplishments that I have achieved during my 15 years of incarceration. If you are in support of my release, please sign the petition. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to write me. I appreciate your time and consideration. Summarization of Incarcerated Accomplishments Certifications 06/2003 - 09/2003, Dads Are Doing Something (D.A.D.S.) 12 weeks 06/2003 - 09/2003, Aggression Control Training (I.A.C.T.) - 12 weeks 2003 Substance Abuse, Lake County Jail - 12 weeks 06/10/2004, Practical Christian Living 12/23/2004, Ten Men You Should Know - 10 weeks  04/14/2003 - 01/02/07, The C.E.F Mailbox Club - 95 lessons, 3.95GPA 04/16/2005, In God We Trust - 10 lessons 10/2004 - 08/30/05, Blackstone Career Institute, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Diploma 03/24/2006, God's Great Salvation 10/03/2006, Basic Bible Truths 10/2007 - 05/29/2009, Business Management (D.A.C.C.), 37 credit hours 03/28/2012, Faithful Fathers, 12 modules  07/16/2012, Anger Management, 12 modules 04/26/2013, Lifestyle Redirection, 12 modules 06/24/2013, Knowing Jesus Christ, 12 modules 07/26/2013, The God News, 4 lessons 08/06/2013, Lesson on Assurance, 12 lessons 08/19/2013, Born to Win, 12 lessons 08/21/2013, A Country Called Heaven, 12 lessons 08/28/2013, Talking with Christ, 12 lessons 08/31/2013, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Water Baptized as Protestant Christian 09/30/2013, The Word of God, 12 lessons 09/30/2013, The Good News of Your Salvation, 12 weeks 09/30/2013, The Greatest Man Alive, 3 lessons 10/21/2013, Growing as a Christian 10/21/2013, Developing Your Faith  12/02/2013, Inside Out Dads, 12 modules 12/16/2013, Lessons for Christian Living, 12 lessons 12/16/2013, Doing Time with Jesus, 12 lessons 12/17/2013, Basic Christian Doctrine, 10 lessons 12/17/2013, Serving Others, 12 lessons 12/31/2013, Discovering the Bible 02/13/2014, My New Life in Christ, 20 lessons 02/17/2004, A Journey through the Bible, 12 lessons 02/17/2004, Sense and Nonsense about Prayer, 12 lessons 02/17/2004, Lessons on Christian Living, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Proverbs for Life, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Securely Saved and Sure of It, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Twelve Units of Study, 12 units 03/18/2014, Stratford Career Institute, Diploma, Highest Honors 04/11/2014, The New Life in Christ, Part II, 12 lessons 04/21/2014, Walking the Walk, 10 lessons 04/21/2014, How to Succeed on the Streets, 12 lessons 04/21/2014, Ecclesiastes, 10 lessons 04/30/2014, Victorious Christian Living 05/12/2014, The Character of the Christian 05/12/2014, The Spirit Filled Christian, 05/19/2014, What the Bible Teaches, 12 lessons 05/19/2014, God is There, 12 lessons 05/27/2014, Basic Bible Beliefs  06/16/2014, Managing Anger God's Way, 10 lessons 06/16/2014, The Bible, What's in it for You, 10 lessons 06/23/2014, The Character of the Christian 07/08/2014, I'll Take the High Road, 12 lessons 07/28/2014, One God, One Way, 12 lessons 08/12/2014, Walking with Christ 08/21/2014, New Life in Christ III, 25 lessons 08/27/2014, Foundations for Faith 09/02/2014, Parables of Jesus, Part I 12/12/2014, Practical Christian Living, 24 lessons 01/19/2015, The Letter of John, 6 lessons 01/19/2015, The Letter of James 02/12/2015, Basic Bible Truths, 10 lessons 07/28/2014, Emmas Correspondence School, 24 units 12/17/2014, Substance Abuse, Danville Correctional Center 02/24/2015, Transforming Incarcerated Dads, 2-day seminar, IDOC 03/02/2015, Men Who Met the Master, 6 lessons 03/02/2015, Discovering Bible Study, 10 lessons 03/05/2015, Growing in Discipleship 04/01/2015, Fisher of Men, 3 lessons 07/20/2015, The Spirit World, 8 lessons 08/31/2015, Summary of the Bible, 12 lessons 08/31/2015, Parables of Jesus, Part II 09/01/2015, Study on Prayer 09/05/2015, Sharing Your Faith 10/24/2015, The Spirit Filled Christian 11/15/2015, Devine Versus Natural View Point 01/04/2016, The Believers Battle with Temptation, 12 lessons 01/04/2016, Forgiving and Being Forgiven, 4 lessons 01/05/2016, Jonah, 16 lessons 01/25/2016, Romans, 16 lessons 03/24/2016, God's Great Salvation, 16 lessons 04/27/2016, Men of Bible, Part I 06/15/2016, Discipleship Program The Sermon on the Mount 06/15/2016, All That He Did 06/22/2016, A Soldier's Call Know Jesus Christ 07/13/2016, Street Church, The Cross and Suffering 07/26/2016, Shingle Quality Specialist 08/02/2016, Master Shingle Applicator Wizard 12/16/2016, Basic Bible Doctrine, 95 lessons 01/10/2017, The Source of Life, 12 lessons 01/16/2017, Men of the Bible, Part II 02/01/2017, The Holiness of God, Perfect Attendance 03/01/2017, The Assurance of Salvation, Perfect Attendance 03/27/2017, The Lordship of Christ, 10 lessons 05/03/2017, Soldiers of Christ Ministries, Discipleship Program 06/05/2017, Women of the Bible 07/21/2017, A Study of Exodus 05/2017, World Bible College, This is Good News 06/2017, World Bible College, God Has Spoken 07/2017, World Bible College, Knowing Jesus 08/2017, World Bible College, Born of the Water   Employment 10/2006 - 07/2007, Menard Correctional Center, Barbershop, transferred 05/2010 - 07/2011, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Maintenance, Electrician's Helper 08/2011 - 08/2012, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Kitchen/Cook 05/2014 - 09/2014, Danville Correctional Center, Barbershop, went back to college 06/2015 - 02/2016, Danville Correctional Center, Laundry Porter, 2nd Shift, transferred 05/2016 - 12/2016, Dixon Correctional Center, Production, 3rd shift/Kitchen 01/2017 - 08/2017, Dixon Correctional Center, Hospital, Infirmary, Sanitation Specialist 08/2017 - Present, Dixon Correctional Center, Electrician's Helper, awaiting opening   College 10/2004 - 08/30/2015, Blackstone Career Institute, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Diploma 10/2007 - 05/29/2009, Danville Area Community College, Business Management, 37 credit hours 05/2009 - 05/12/201, Lakeland College, Associates in Liberal Studies, Cum Laude 03/18/2014, Stratford Career Institute, Electrician, Diploma, Highest Honors 06/01/2014 - 05/20/2016, Danville Area Community College, Associates in Science and Arts, Cum Laude 01/2016 - 03/2016, University of Illinois - Urbana, Education Justice Program, Bachelor's Degree Program, transferred to facility closer to home, 1 of 35 students      

Ernest Gwinn
237 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Charlie Baker

Support my son Arnie King by signing his petition to commute the life (without parole) sentence so that he can become eligible for parole release.

This is important because Arnie is requesting a 6th public hearing. Governor Patrick rejected a 6-0 favorable vote in 2008, and Arnie was granted another hearing in October 2010. Two months after the hearing, a police officer was killed by a lifer on parole. The governor then fired 5 parole board members and selected replacements. After that, Arnie received an unfavorable vote in March 2011, and he was denied another hearing request in March 2013. Arnie is responsible for killing a man in 1971, when he was 18 and had been drinking and drugging for several days. He has been clean for over 30 years now, obtained 3 college degrees, successfully completed more than 2 dozen weekend furloughs, participated in and created many support, rehabilitation, and education programs, and he remains very active in community service. Based on his age, the number of years he has served in prison, his level of educational achievement, and his community service while inside prison, Arnie is no longer a risk for danger to society. Over the years he has formed many significant bonds with people who are high achievers, and they support his reentry as a contributing member to society, including offers of employment and the prospects of becoming a taxpayer rather than costing the state $50,000/annually. Here are a few examples of support shown at Arnie's public hearings over the past 7 years: Charles Ogletree (Professor, Harvard Law), I have never seen anyone transform their life the way he has in the more than 40 years of service in prison. Gloria Fox (State Representative), I believe he is a changed man … and we support this commutation. Mel King (Professor Emeritus/MIT), What we need to see in this world is epitomized by Arnie and his change and behavior…    Jill Soffiyah Elijah (Attorney), How many youth counselors have I met regularly, who have been impacted by Mr. King! Reverend William Dickerson (Greater Love Tabernacle), Arnie King is not the average inmate.  He doesn’t play games.  He is sincere. Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond (Bethel AME), I appreciate that he inspires young people to make the right choices and not simply scare them.  We really need the voice and presence of Arnie King. Eva Clark (Executive Director, Judge Banks Community Justice Program), Nothing short of catastrophic illness would prevent me from being here today to support Arnie King. Lyn Levy (Executive Director, SPAN, Inc.), I met Arnie in 1976 and I will be one of the people holding his hand.  Our agency will help him also. Dr. Fran Roznowski (Community Psychologist), I have known Arnie since 1979, and I will be joining many others to have his back. Robin Casarjian (Executive Director, Lion Heart Foundation), For 15 years, he showed up with a sense of purpose and encouraged other prisoners to participate in group activities. Bob David (Side By Side Community Circle), Of the large numbers of disciplinary reports, some may be questionable, while other were earned. Paul Marcus (Executive Director, Community Change Inc.), What Arnie’s life means to me is the power of transformation, and society needs to see this example. Abrigal Forrester (Street Safe Boston), I’m here as a product of Arnie King.  Hope – Lifeline – Redemption.  He engaged the ignorance within me and told me I had value. Peter McGuane (Student, Truck Driver), I was in for involuntary manslaughter, and he got me active with Prison Voices, which I continued upon release.  I’m honored to be here for Arnie. Paule Verdet (Professor Emeritus/BU), It’s a way of life for Arnie.  He is a superb model. Becky Thompson (Professor/Simmons College), Recognizing Mr. King as a man worthy of commutation, no one benefits if the policy exists theoretically but is never granted. Felix Arroyo, Sr. (former Boston City Councillor), The first time I met Mr. King, I was with his brother.  I wondered about him and found a calm person, at peace with himself.  We have a recourse… ‘cause I know it will help our community. Nancy Murray (ACLU), Why is the community present?  We are interested in redemption… He couldn’t bring back the life, but he would do what he could to try to prevent others from going down that path. George Lee (Community Organizer), I heard a lot about him.  He wasn’t about tooting his own horn.  He was present for young folks and the other men. Seth Kirshenbaum (Director, The City School), Having Arnie with us in the community will help save young lives, and we have a job or volunteer opportunity for him. Banjineh Brown (Boston School Teacher), He works with prevention.  The “Arnie” factor is about redemption, and we use him as a case study.  He is an entrepreneur activist. Jason Lydon (Minister), Through Barbed Wire has been quite active at the Community Church of Boston. Aaron Tanaka (Boston Workers Alliance), I hope you will see his deep commitment to change and rehabilitation. Dianne Zimbabwe (Community Artist/Educator), My involvement with Through Barbed Wire allows me to witness the positive impact of Arnie’s community endeavors. Myriam Ortiz (Executive Director, Boston Parents Organizing Network), Arnie King has been an asset to us and students benefit from his example. Daniel King (Brother), I was a 16 year old teenager in 1971.  We have prayed for the family of John Labanara for comfort and peace, and we hope for their forgiveness. Marva King (Sister), It matters that we heal together. Eddie Berkin (Attorney), People are much more friends than supporters.  Because they are friends, they are also supporters. Margaret Burnham (Attorney), Your legal obligation is to review and decide whether this man has made exceptional strides in development. Walt Silva, Ed D  (Professor Emeritus/BU), Arnie is the classic example of prison injustice gone way over the top. He's jumped through every hoop, made every effort to contribute to the community from behind bars more than anyone else that I have known in my 25 years involved in prison higher education, and remains in prison at a cost of what - $60,000 + a year when he could be out contributing and paying taxes with zero threat to anyone?                                                                                                                 I have written to Governor Patrick more than once, concerning parole in general and Arnie specifically. If Arnie King doesn't qualify for commutation, then who does? It sends a sad message back to the prison population. If Arnie doesn't get a consideration, what's the sense of trying? But I'm sure Arnie doesn't feel that way, and will continue to keep contributing from behind bars. Imagine what he could do if he were out. He's paid his dues several times over. Arnie is the 3rd of 9 children through which many grandchildren and great grandchildren are a major part of this family circle. I complete 82 years of living this month, full of tremendous joys and blessings. However, this journey will be incomplete until I’m able to welcome Arnie’s return to the world community. My son has been inside Massachusetts prisons for the 1971 murder of another human being. He was 18, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, in Boston, and responsible for the death of this young man. Our entire family-and-friends network was devastated, as well as that of the Labanara family. After Arnie was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, without parole, I traveled to Massachusetts with his younger brothers and sisters to visit him in the maximum security prison. I told him that “God would not forsake him and neither would our family-and-friends community”. Arnie has grown, matured, and progressed during this lengthy period of imprisonment. He obtained 3 college degrees, created major rehabilitative programs within the prison and offered services to communities beyond the walls. He has been encouraged by many people, while inspiring the success of others. By examining the volumes of documents, transcripts, and opinions, it will become clear - the need to support the eventual release of my son. God Bless and One Love! Please sign the petition and encourage your family members and friends to support this effort. - Mary King

Mary King
569 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Francisco Quintana, Mark S. Inch, Deborah, Deborah G. Shult, President of the United States, Donald Trump, Barack Obama

Release of Ramsey Muniz under the Compassionate Release Program

Releasing Ramsey from prison and jail to be with family and in the community. The spiritual message he sent in 2015, (versión en español a sigues)  The spiritual presence of my family on New year's eve I have these strong spiritual feelings and I can envision my their faces already, because they will be with me tonight like never before - I know they can the sadness and the hurt in my heart and soul like never before - They know that these 21 years of oppopression, discrimination, chains, shakles, nakedness, hunger, pain have taken a toll on my body, but not my heart or my soul. The only reason why it hasn't taken a toll my heart or my soul is because of the love you have given me, the love you have shared with me and my family, and those close to us seeking immediate freedom !!! This message comes from the heights of heaven and there is no question in my heart and in my soul we shall be free.  Your father shared with me, "Ramsey, in reality, you are free spiritually like no other man on earth or in Heaven and all because of your suffering and pain and darkness that you have had to overcome even in this forecoming New year," Dr. Salvador Alvarez  Faith and miracles!!! Your able to believe and have faith in the essence and reality of your freedom, allowing miracles and faith to belong and enjoin that reality.   Please help free Ramsey Munoz by signing this petition to free Ramsey Muniz!!   (versión en español a continuación)   El mensaje espiritual que envió en 2015, (versión en español a continuación) La presencia espiritual de mi familia en la víspera de Año Nuevo       Tengo estos fuertes sentimientos espirituales y ya puedo imaginar sus.  caras, porque estarán conmigo esta noche como nunca antes. Sé que.        pueden sentir la tristeza y el dolor en mi corazón y en mi alma como nunca antes. Ellos saben que estos 21 años de la opresión, la discriminación, las cadenas, los esqueletos, la desnudez, el hambre y el dolor han cobrado un precio en mi cuerpo, pero no en mi corazón ni en mi alma. ¡La única razón por la que mi corazón o mi alma no han pasado factura es por el amor que me has brindado, el amor que compartiste conmigo y mi familia, y aquellos cercanos a nosotros que buscan la libertad inmediata! ¡La única razón por la que mi corazón o mi alma no han pasado factura es por el amor que me has brindado, el amor que compartiste conmigo y mi familia, y aquellos cercanos a nosotros que buscan la libertad inmediata! Este mensaje proviene de las alturas del cielo y no hay duda en mi corazón y en mi alma que seremos libres. Tu padre compartió conmigo, "Ramsey, en realidad, eres espiritualmente libre como ningún otro hombre en la tierra o en el cielo y todo por tu sufrimiento, dolor y oscuridad que has tenido que vencer incluso en este nuevo año venidero", Dr. Salvador Alvarez Fe y milagros !!! Tu puedes creer y tener fe en la esencia y la realidad de tu libertad, permitiendo que los milagros y la fe pertenezcan e impongan esa realidad. ¡Por favor ayuda a liberar a Ramsey Muñoz al firmar esta petición para liberar a Ramsey Muniz!

Seth Hulett
66 supporters