Target: Massachusetts Parole Board
Goal: Release Donald Perry, who is serving time in prison for a crime he did not commit
Donald Perry, who worked to help the homeless as well as in a soup kitchen, gave a homeless man a ride to a town nearby in 2011. When stopped by a police officer on the way, the homeless man fled and among his possessions the officer found stolen property. Perry was arrested and eventually acquitted of all charges, yet he has been kept in jail for almost a year due to a former conviction. This is completely unjust and Perry must be let free with his parole renewed.
Before his arrest, Perry was the program manager of a soup kitchen and project coordinator of a homeless outreach program. However, because of a conviction for armed robbery from 1983, thirty years ago, he is currently being denied his freedom and must wait to hear whether he will receive parole once more. He is, by all means, a rare successful reform story in a criminal justice system that has quite high recidivism rates. Yet all of his good deeds are apparently for naught, as he has been incarcerated for committing absolutely zero crimes. The Massachusetts Parole Board must grant him his freedom by re-paroling him.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage the Massachusetts Parole Board to grant Perry his parole and give him the freedom he justly deserves.
Dear Massachusetts Parole Board,
Donald Perry was giving a homeless man a ride to a nearby town when they were stopped by a police officer; the homeless man immediately fled, and the officer found in his possessions stolen property. Perry was arrested and later acquitted of all charges, yet he has spent a year in prison waiting for you to grant him his parole once more. His incarceration from a lack of any criminal activity is unjust and must be corrected.
Although Perry was convicted for armed robbery in 1983, he has since become a rare success story of reformation. At the time he was arrested, he was program manager of a soup kitchen and project coordinator of a homeless outreach program. Yet he is still being punished for a crime from thirty years ago. In a criminal justice system rife with high recidivism rates, men like Perry should be rewarded for their hard work and reform, not unjustly imprisoned.
Please take action to re-grant Perry his parole; it is the least he deserves.
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