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To: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

Bring Sundiata Home

Bring Sundiata Home

Release 84 year old Sundiata Acoli to time served. Bring Sundiata Home

Why is this important?

I urge you to exercise your executive power to release Sundiata Acoli by commuting his sentence to time served. Mr. Acoli (formerly Clark Squire) is 84 years old and has been incarcerated over 48 years. He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for the 1973 killing of State Trooper Werner Foerster. He has taken responsibility and expressed remorse. For the past 27 years Sundiata has had a completely clean disciplinary record and is a strong candidate for commutation.

Sundiata has strong family support and they are prepared to care for him. Further evidence of the fact that he presents no risk to public safety, is that he has been assigned to teach the Federal Bureau of Prisons’s course in Avoiding Criminal Thinking, since 2013. This program teaches younger men how to avoid recidivism. As you know, there is a presumption of release on parole in New Jersey unless it is clearly demonstrated that there is a risk to public safety. However, Sundiata has been denied parole 6 times despite all the compelling evidence in his favor and the fact that he successfully prepared dozens of his peers for release.

Sundiata Acoli is elderly, with significant health complications including residual symptoms resulting from his hospitalization last year for COVID-19. His battle with the deadly virus resulted in his loss of 30 lbs. His increasing and irreversible health issues include cardiac disease, emphysema, glaucoma and advancing dementia and exacerbate the urgency of this situation. Mr. Acoli’s condition is progressing and if not given commutation, he and his family will never benefit from his release. Sundiata Acoli is the very model of a person deserving of release as was the intent of the 1979 Parole Act. At 84 years of age, with dementia and declining health, he is no threat or danger to society. A simple sense of basic compassion and human kindness cry out for commutation. In this historic moment, you have an opportunity to exercise justice removed from the desire for revenge, hate and punishment. Bring Sundiata Acoli home now.

New Jersey, USA

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Reasons for signing

  • I just watched Rittenhouse skip out of court a free man
  • Innocent people should not be in jail especially because he was demonstrating for what he believed to be fair and equal
  • This is an outrage, a paradigm of perpetual punishment to hold our loved ones hostage in a time of certain death & are not allowed to return to their families and communities. tThe commission of the crime is the one factor that never changes; the individual who is transformed through self remediation deserves to be judged based on who they are now. I know that in 48 years, Sundiata Acoli is not the Clark Squire of 1973. For GOD's sake, This is cruel and unusual punishment on so many levels

Updates

2021-06-30 14:30:31 -0700

10,000 signatures reached

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1,000 signatures reached

2021-03-26 11:38:03 -0700

500 signatures reached

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2021-03-25 07:12:34 -0700

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2021-03-25 06:39:57 -0700

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