For the first time in many weeks, the desk that Judy Emerson used to sit at while she wrote editorials is clear.
Judy’s desk is where I’ve stacked the petitions to keep Robert Lower and Curtis Brownell in prison.
You have been busy. We’ve received 1,293 petitions against Lower’s parole and 379 against Brownell’s via mail and fax. Online petitions account for 2, 579 against Lower and 956 against Brownell. We started the Lower petitions Nov. 18. The Brownell petitions have been going since Jan. 19.
Usually we print the coupons twice. We’re due for the second round of Brownell petitions Sunday.
The coupons get sent in all kinds of ways. Most have been through the regular mail. The U.S. Postal Service must love us when we do these things, especially since I take your petitions, put them in a big brown envelope and forward them to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.
Some folks neatly trim the coupon from the newspaper. Others make copies and send in the 8 by 11 sheets of paper. Others trim the copies before they mail them.
Some coupons have had multiple signatures on them, but most have just one. There have been many different combinations of postage. Forever stamps dominate, but I don’t think I’ve seen so many 1-cent stamps in years.
I’m sure the families of the victims appreciate your support. Keep up the good work and keep sending us those petitions.