For Immediate Release
May 24, 2024
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Dr. Sonya Burnett-Andrus, Chairwoman
Committee to Pardon Dr. Tracy Andrus
Ph: 903-472-2762

(BPRW) Gov. Greg Abbott Pardons Convicted BLM Killer, While Ignoring Most Rehabilitated Ex-Felon Recommended for Pardon in 2019

Are pardons now reserved for the rich, politically affiliated, and well connected?

(Black PR Wire) In a controversial move, Governor Greg Abbott has granted a pardon to Daniel Perry, a former U. S. Army Sergeant who was convicted of killing a Black Lives Matter protester in Austin Last year. This decision has sparked outrage and raised questions about the governor’s priorities, as Rev. Dr. Tracy Andrus, a highly recommended ex-felon, has yet to receive a pardon from Abbott, despite being recommended by the same board in 2019.

Dr Andrus, who holds a PhD from Prairie View A&M University and has served as the Director of Criminal Justice at Wiley College since 2006, is known as the most rehabilitated ex-felon in America. He has dedicated his life to helping others and has been a role model for those seeking redemption and a second chance. Despite his impressive track record, Abbott has not signed his pardon, leaving many to wonder why Perry a convicted killer, was granted clemency while Dr. Andrus continues to wait.

The decision has sparked accusations of racial bias and injustice. Dr. Andrus, who has dedicated his life to helping others and has been a model citizen since his release from prison in 1994, is now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, further highlighting the irony of the situation.

Dr Andrus has received widespread support from the community. His story is a testament to the power of rehabilitation and second chances, and his case has shed light on the flaws in the pardon process. While Gov. Abbott has the authority to grant pardons, it is important for him to carefully consider the impact of his decisions and prioritize those who have truly turned their lives around, like Dr. Andrus.

As the debate over Gov. Abbott’s decision continues, many are calling for a review of the pardon process and for Dr. Andrus to finally receive the pardon he deserves. His story serves as a reminder that everyone deserves a second chance, and that true rehabilitation should be recognized and rewarded. Dr Andrus’ journey from ex-felon to respected leader is a testament to his character and determination, and it is time for Gov. Abbott to acknowledge and honor that.

The Black community, (politicians from both sides of the aisle) and advocates for criminal justice reform are calling for Gov Abbott to reconsider his decision and grant Dr. Andrus the pardon he rightfully deserves. This pardon has once again brought attention to the flaws in the criminal justice system and the need for fair and equal treatment for all individuals, regardless of race or political affiliation. As the nation continues to grapple with issues of racial injustice, it is crucial for leaders to make decisions that promote equality and justice for all.