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Bilal M. Jackson

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I come to society with sincerity, genuineness, and hopes that these words reach listening ears. I am advocating for my liberty, which is basically my life. Everyday that I spend confined, I am not living. It feels as though I am simply among the walking dead. I am 24 years old, and I have been incarcerated for 9 years. I am serving time for the alleged shooting of a man in an attempt to rob him. I did not take anyone's life, I did not rob a woman of her innocence, I did not steal a child's innocence, and I did not pollute society with drugs. I did make a mistake that warrants punishment. I go through each day trying not to regret the pain and the suffering that I have caused the victim, his family, my family, and those that needed me in society. I have paid my debt to society these past 9 years, and now I am praying for the opportunity to be released so that I can pay my debt to those that I have directly affected. The victim in this case was shot once and has fully recovered since. True enough, this was a horrible, unjustifiable incident. I have been confined to oppression, depression, pain, suffering, loneliness, and fear for almost a decade for this horrible act. I LITERALLY went through puberty in prison. I have taken responsibility of my wrong doings, and I have dedicated every working hour towards bettering myself and being the great man that God created me to be. I entered the system as a 15 year old child. Through trial, error, and dedication to learning from my mistakes, I have developed into a man of integrity, dignity, good character and morals. I can admit that I needed this experience in order to open my eyes and mind. Even among the negativity that I am surrounded by 24 hours a day, I still embrace who I am and be myself. I am a positive, god fearing young man. This is viewed as a weakness in prison, yet I continue to stand tall everyday. I know I will do so to the greatest extent possible in society as well. Some people deserve to be in prison; some longer than others, but not me. I was a child and made a childish mistake, in which I have suffered adult consequences. I have learned from this mistake and refined every aspect of who I am today. I am now begging for forgiveness from society. God even grants forgiveness to the sincere. During my sentencing, the victim stood in front of the judge and asked for mercy on me, and for me to do just enough time that it would take in order to for me to change. He stated that everyone deserves a second chance. If he can do something so noble, I pray that society can follow in his footsteps. I ask for those in support of my release to please add their signature to this petition. I come up for parole at the end of this year, and I will truly be grateful of any and all support. I will not let you, my family, or myself down! God Bless.

Sincerely,

Bilal Jackson

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