Sample Letters to Governor Northam

Sample Letters to Governor Northam

Jesse has to show why HE is different, why HE meets the “extraordinary circumstances” clause for clemency, as opposed to all the other 37,000+ prisoners in Virginia prisons.  Mainly he should be given an exception because 1) he received a sentence that was twice the recommended high point of the sentencing guidelines and 2) his growth, accomplishments and work for others while he has been in prison.

He needs you to write a letter of support commenting on the exceptional nature of his appeal for clemency. Because this process is so personalized, a petition or form letter to sign may not be persuasive. Arguing that judges must follow the guidelines or arguing for prison reform may help, but doesn’t differentiate Jesse from everyone else. We have included Sample Letters for those who know Jesse and Sample Letters for those who only know Jesse through his friends and family.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please email us at justiceforjesse4@gmail.com. 

Thank you!

*****Please mail letters to Governor Northam directly**********

——————————Sample Letter if you know Jesse————————————–

The Honorable Ralph Northam
Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Your name and contact information here
Place and date

Subject: Character Letter for Jesse Crosson #1086343

Dear Governor Northam,

1. In the first paragraph you will introduce yourself. Full name, age and occupation. Also include your relation to Jesse and how long you have known him.

2. In the second paragraph state that you know what Jesse’s charges are (robbery, abduction and unlawful wounding from a robbery and unrelated shooting). Please talk about how these events impacted your life.

3. In the third paragraph talk about how his incarceration has affected you and your thoughts on how it has affected Jesse. Do you believe he has learned his lesson?

4. In the fourth paragraph talk about changes he has made and his potential to success in the world. Please include any support you’re willing to offer (housing, employment or even a shoulder to cry on)

5. In this last paragraph close out the letter and invite the governor to contact you for more information, using the number or information above.

Respectfully submitted,

Your Name

This is just a suggested model. Feel free to use and format or information you feel best represents your views and perspective. 

—————————Sample Letter if you do not know Jesse————————————–

The Honorable Ralph Northam
Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Va 23219

Your name and contact info here
Place and date

Subject: Support Letter for Jesse Crosson – #1086343

Dear Governor Northam,

1. Please introduce yourself. Full name, age and occupation.

2. Please state that you know what Jesse’s charges are (robbery/abduction, unlawful wounding, and related charges).

3. Please talk about what aspect(s) of Jesse’s case draws your support . Some suggestions:

  • Jesse being sentenced to twice the high point of the sentencing guidelines.
  • Jesse having served the recommended high point of 16 years.
  • The fact that Jesse was 18 at the time he committed his crimes.
  • His volunteer work with others.
  • His educational accomplishments.
  • His acceptance of responsibility and work toward health and sobriety.
  • His history.

4. Please mention why you believe in Jesse and any support you could offer him if released. This can include housing, volunteer opportunities, emotional support, etc…

5. Please close the letter and encourage the governor to contact you with any questions he may have.

Sincerely,

Your Name

This is just a suggested modelFeel free to use and format or information you feel best represents your views and perspective.