Parole for Sundiata Acoli

We the undersigned support the parole of Sundiata Acoli/Clark Edward Squire, NJ#54859/Fed#39794-066.

Sundiata is a father and a grandfather. He is 73 years old and has been incarcerated for 36 years, half of his life. Elderly prisoners' recidivism rates are almost nonexistent. In addition, Sundiata's prison record has been impeccable. He has worked with the community, both inside and outside prison, and helped facilitate educational dialogue among high school, college and prison students.

We believe his record, his time served, his age and his work in the community provide more than enough reason to grant him parole in February 2010.

Chairwoman Volette C. Ross
New Jersey State Parole Board
P.O. Box 862
Trenton NJ 08625

Chairwoman Ross:

I am writing this letter concerning Sundiata Acoli, NJ#54859/Fed#39794-066, who is eligible for parole February of 2010. I strongly encourage you to grant his parole request.

Sundiata%u2019s age is a strong reason to grant parole. In January 2010, Sundiata will be 73 years old. He has been incarcerated for 36 years and has served his sentence. Elderly prisoners%u2019 recidivism rates are extremely low and they are highly unlike to commit a crime once released. In addition, elderly prisoners require more intensive medical care to remain healthy, which is an added cost to the prison system.

Sundiata%u2019s prison record has been impeccable. Not only has he not had any violations or write-ups in decades, he is a talented painter, writer and educator. He has worked with high school and college classes across the country, providing information and insight, as well as providing support to other prisoners who want to further their education.

Sundiata himself has a very impressive educational and work background, having worked at NASA in the 1960s as a computer program. He left that job to travel to the South to register Blacks to vote during the Civil Rights movement.

Sundiata has expressed remorse for his involvement in the circumstance that has led to his incarceration. I believe with all of my heart that if he is released, he will be an asset to the community, one that is sorely needed.

Sundiata is a father and a grandfather, and his greatest desire is to get to watch his grandchildren grow up. Please help fulfill that desire.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.


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