Michael Coleman by Delonda Daffin

I am here to state that my loved one, Michael Coleman (#B08725), is currently incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center. He was wrongfully convicted for murder under the theory of accountability. Mr. Coleman has been institutionalized for over 23 years for a crime that he did not commit. Mr. Coleman has been stripped of his freedom for something that he did not do. I need Michael Coleman set free now. I am knowledgeable of Illinois being the only state without a parole board. It is not fair that he is left to rot in prison. He is no more guilty of …Read More →

Wesam Zumut by Lara Zumut

This petition has been created on behalf of my brother Wesam Zumot that involves him in a story that took a turn for the worse. Many times we hear the phrase, “in the wrong place, at the wrong time.” This has basically been the story of my brother Wesam’s life. During the times when my brother was not incarcerated, he was working hard to support his family. He comes from a cultural background where respect and loving people were his biggest strengths. That all changed when, one day, my brother was physically attacked by a group of 5 people in …Read More →

Tony Dameron by Loretta Demeron

My husband, Tony Dameron, deserves parole after almost 25 years of being incarcerated. He is not the same person he once was. Family and friends tell me and police reports document the man he was 25 years ago. They talk about someone that I’ve never met and do not know. Once full of anger, drugs and violence, he now has regret, is remorseful and accepts his culpability. He has nothing but love, compassion and generosity to give today. He has a wife and family, grown children and grand-babies who love and adore him. Our daughter recently told him that the …Read More →

Charles Bixby by Andrew Deppe

I first met Charles as part of a prison pen pal project over twelve years ago. Since that time, I’ve gotten to know him, supported his efforts at continuing education and establishing a Buddhist meditation practice, visited him in person every year or two, and watched him help other prisoners in need of practical and moral support. Charles was imprisoned in 1998 for a crime he did not commit. During the trial, the state allowed the alleged victim to change their testimony on the stand, which helped to lead to a wrongful conviction. During the appeal process, one judge determined …Read More →

Angelo Bennett by Geneva Bennett

My son, Angelo, has no record. He went to Northside Prep and was a manager at two Jimmy John’s locations. A great kid, a wonderful man. He was in a car accident. The man followed him even when police told him not to. The man stabbed my son for 5 minutes. Angelo had to finally defend himself. Then they claimed that he shot the lady who was with the man who stabbed him, but they never showed her medical records, no gunshot residue on her or the car. She left the hospital the next day. This case is insane. My …Read More →

Dedrick Coleman by Aminah Coleman

In 1991, Dedrick was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. The detectives were from Area 3 and under the Supervision of the infamous Jon Burge. Documents and witnesses throughout the years have proven that the detectives falsified police reports, fabricated and concealed evidence in Dedrick’s case. (Settlements have been awarded in recent years regarding these detectives and their misconduct — their reputation is well known) The State knew all along that their witnesses were lying in court. Still, Dedrick lingers behind prison bars. My husband has fought to prove his innocence for 30 years. …Read More →

George Frison Jr. “Why I Deserve Parole”

I deserve parole because I won’t take the opportunity to redeem myself lightly. I will right the wrongs that I have directly and indirectly participated in which place our families and communities on the brink of ruin. Society needs me, as well as like-minded individuals, to mentor troubled young men and women in an attempt to change their mindset and set them on a more positive path. One could arguably say that a “byproduct” of our actions, or lack thereof, has our children slaughtering themselves and others at an alarming rate. Many of the parents, preachers, teachers, politicians, law enforcement …Read More →

Jesse Martinez by Christie Billups D.Min.

It has been my privilege to know numerous people who are incarcerated. That might strike some as a strange sentiment, but it’s really true. For instance, Jesse Martinez, having served over 20 years in prison, is an intelligent, hardworking, natural leader. During his adolescence, he used his leadership skills in unfortunate ways, and people got hurt, including himself. Our actions must always bear consequences, no question. But the concept of prison, at least at its inception, was that separating persons from the community gave the people in the community a greater sense of safety and gave the individual responsible for …Read More →

Alfredo Ramos by Christie Billups D.Min.

It is my distinct privilege to call Alfredo Ramos my brother. I have known Fredo for over 12 years, and he has enriched my life. I met him in Cook County Jail after he had been waiting for determination on his case for six years. I was serving as a pastoral minister in Division 10 at the time. No question, Fredo had trouble letting go of the lifestyle that brought him to jail and subsequently, prison. But from the very beginning, I saw beneath the surface layers — that here was a man who had depth, the capacity for transformation, …Read More →