This is a petition to persuade the Kansas Parole Board to reconsider their decision to pass Abraham Orr for another five years after he's served 15 years. Abraham Orr is a 33 year old man incarcerated at the age of 17. At that time he was caught up in gangs but struggling to get away from that life by focusing on school. On 9/1/1993, Abe's older brother and best friend was shot and killed. Abe went into a depressive state and stopped caring about his life. On 9/18/1993 he shot and killed a man. I do not condone Abe's crime nor do I try to understand it. What I do understand and feel is that as teenagers we can all remember times when we couldn't see past our actions to what real consequenses lay aftewards. Abe is a very intelligent, compassionate, and completely different man from the teenage boy hewas 15 years ago. As an adult every year he remembers the day his brother got killed, then he remembers the day he killed another man. He continues to have remorse for both incidents and understands that the same pain he & his family felt when losing his brother, he caused that same intense pain for another family. He could've been so much more and he's trying to get a chance to show and prove this. In prison Abe has accomplished many things like mastering sign language & has taken classes towards a psychology degree. Abe has two tenage children, a son and daughter, who need him very much. In addition, when he came up for his parole hearing the board memeber that viewed him stated serveral times how impressed he was with the things that Abe had done and the way he presented himself. It took the board 4 weeks to decide to pass him for another 5 years and a former baord memeber said that was a positive sign that the board thought long and hard on that decision. Abe has an additional sentence of 32 months to do once he's paroled so he would still be incarcerated for over another 2 1/2 years. Again this is a petition to persuade them to reconsider their decision so he can start his next sentence and come home. Thank you for your support.