Sunday, December 8, 2013

Please Sign This Petition!

Jens Soering, at 47, facing life
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners"

Jesus (Luke 4:18)

After meeting and corresponding with Jens Soering at the Buckingham Correctional Center and reading his book "A Day In The Life Of 179212" I have started a petition asking Governor McDonnell to extradite Soering to his native Germany, with this introduction:

German citizen Jens Soering has been in prison for 27 years for a crime he foolishly confessed to at age 20 to prevent his U.S. girl friend from being convicted of murdering her parents. No DNA or other evidence links him to the crime, and outgoing Virginia Governor Kaine had agreed to return him to Germany in 2009, but incoming Governor McDonnell, in an unprecedented move, rescinded Kaine's action.

Numerous informative and supportive articles can be found on the website. 

Here's some interesting data from his "A Day in the Life of 179212":

"Virginia, a state with a population of approximately seven million, has (if one includes all jails and correctional centers) roughly 60,000 inmates. This figure does not include the thousands of individuals incarcerated in military and federal prisons located in the state. In comparison, Germany, with a population of 80 million, holds approximately 80,000 inmates. This disparity is reflected worldwide. The U.S. has 751 prisoners for every 100,000 citizens whereas Germany locks up only 96 out of the same number. And Germany's incarceration rate is greater than the European average."

Here's a link to an earlier post on Soering, with a list of some of the books he has authored.

Please sign and help circulate the following:

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