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April 26, 2013

Branstad approves commutation request


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I expect that it will take some time for Mr. Williams to work through the re-entry process.  Inmates that have served as much time as Mr. Williams must gradually work through the levels of incarceration established by our correctional system. This process serves to prepare them for a successful re-entry.  I expect Mr. Williams to participate in any additional type of programming deemed appropriate by the Department of Corrections and Parole Board before serious consideration is given for work-release or parole. 

I encourage the Board to consider the conditions stated below when reviewing Mr. Williams for release.  

·        Drug and alcohol use: Drug use is illegal and gives rise to recidivism. 

·        Employment or community service: Mr. Williams should maintain employment or participate in community service projects.  Steady employment and community involvement reduce recidivism.  Participation in his community will help his rehabilitation and also will enable him to contribute to society.

·        Obey all laws: While all citizens have the duty to comply with the law, it is important Mr. Williams is an exemplary citizen and sets a good example for rehabilitation.

·        No possession of weapons: Iowa law prohibits Mr. Williams from owning, possessing, or transporting a firearm for the rest of his life. 

·        Gambling: Mr. Williams should not participate in gambling.  Mr. Williams’ crime stems from a gambling debt. 

·        Victim contact: Mr. Williams should not have contact with the victim’s family or any registered victims unless permission is given by the Department of Corrections.  Victims must never be re-victimized.  All too often victims are forgotten in the process.  The victims must be taken into account, must be heard, and must be respected.

·        Contact with the Department of Corrections:  Mr. Williams should maintain contact with the Department of Corrections.   Mr. Williams has been incarcerated for thirty-eight years.  He will need to maintain constant contact with the Department of Corrections’ staff in order to ensure that his reentry is successful.

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