Rainbow PUSH calls on Quinn for pardons

May 21, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Several of those whom Rainbow PUSH says have been convicted in error were at Rainbow PUSH headquarters Saturday morning.

Among them is Johnnie Savory, who was convicted of killing his teenage friend and his friend's sister.

Savory entered prison at age 14 and was paroled at age 44. On Saturday, he talked about all the things that he missed during his time behind bars.

"Never got a chance to graduate high school. Never got a chance to go to my prom. Never got a chance to enjoy my parents. Never got a chance to live life as a normal person would," said Savory.

Rev. Jesse Jackson says that those who have been wrongfully convicted need the pardons so they can get on with their lives.

A spokesperson for Governor Quinn says that when the governor took office, there was a large backlog of pardon petitions.

He has gone through about a thousand of them, reviewing them in the order in which they were received.

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