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Trump WATCH: Trump grants pardon to Jon Ponder


Trump WATCH: Trump grants pardon to Jon Ponder

Trump WATCH: Trump grants pardon to Jon Ponder


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John’s life is a beautiful testament to the power of redemption. John grew up without his club as he 2000. My mother was strong but she wasn’t able to keep us out of the gangs and off of the streets and they were violent streets. At the age of thirty days he was arrested for bank robbery. Well John I was in prison he began reading the Bible and listening to Christian radio. One day he heard reverend Billy Graham and the radio we’re playing Jesus wants to be lord of your life. When that day John dedicated his life to Christ. He spent the rest of his time in prison studying them when he was released he heard and not get his story. It was the officer who put him in jail. FBI special agent Richard Beasley who said I want you to now that I’ve been praying for you now Richard and job best friends. And we are grateful that Richard is here with us today. In the last ten years since John was released he’s created one of the most successful reentry programs hole put prisoners in Las Vegas. I was glad to speak here earlier this year. As John says Paul for president is is a movement that began his children. In a tiny prisons. And is now making a difference in the lives of thousands truly bring in haul. That there is an opportunity and a community that is waiting and willing to offer them a second chance. Josh we gonna hit devotion to showing returning citizens. That they are not forgotten we believe that each person is made by god for a purpose. I will continue to give all Americans including former inmates the best chance to build a new life. And achieve their own American dream had a great American agreement is now I’d like to ask John and Richard. Just say a few words. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have the opportunity speech here today. Not so long ago Malek was running from the police fear and at least in the board and the police. Not because of anything that the police have done to me personally. But do Judy animosity and I had allowed to grow inside of me making me believe that they were my enemy. But today praised god I’m still will hold a proud American citizen who is being given a second chance. My transformation began an imprisoned so when I found myself a three time convicted felon facing yet another sentence. I gave my life to Jesus and medium a promise that I would spend the rest of my day he’s helping others is like mean. My personal help and support came from the unlikeliest of places the FBI agent who arrested me Richard Beasley. He is now dear friend and has been assaults of encouragement. To me throughout my entire journey. I am great boom for the men and women of the law’s biggest matchup on the police department. Volunteer their time to people who are returning to a local community incarceration. These are the real life heroes who put that lives on the line every day. Along with the promise that they’ve made to protect. And to serve have made a tremendous impact in the lives of men and women we integrate back into our society. My hope for America is that Foley incarcerated people will be afforded the opportunity to take advantage of the fact. There really isn’t a nation and second chances. My hope for America’s debt long horsemen and people into communities across the country can come together and realize that as Americans we have more common. There we have differences. My hope our great nation is to continue on this path to real point of being in the most prosperous country in the world. I’m so proud and John what is less sure around deferral alliances he’s helped change. The many heartily. As a retired FBI agent ornament best friends of person arrested for bank robbery. When I’m Jon took two years ago he was angry and scared and frustrated and exercise future. On the drive prisoners stop at a convenience store and buy Johnnie Cochran and daughter. After he was sentenced Johnson we enact I don’t know thanking me for treating him like a gentleman. Batters later when he got out of prison John called me and wanted to meet for lunch. He was different man. He talked about serving a reentry program for men and women coming out of prison. Over time John earned the trust and respect of the law enforcement community. Many of whom volunteered Jones hope for prisoners program I’m grateful for president trumps commitment to criminal justice reform. On February 20 of this year he was a guest speaker to hope for prisoners graduation. He stayed much longer than scheduled panda diplomacy between nine men and women who graduated. We’re site. The most important man in the free world shaking hands and pledging his administration support to ex offenders. The families were there the community was there it’s what a great second chance I also appreciate prison Trump’s support for law enforcement. I always felt like I had strong supporters and FBI agent but there’s nothing worse than knowing giving second guessed when you’re doing your job. In certain parts of our country right now law enforcement doesn’t feel like they have to support from their local leaders. They’re being pain with a broad brush unfairly with calls for different. This president trump knows she overwhelming percentage of law enforcement officers are good Smart people. Are doing their jobs very rural. And they can change the world working with people like John. Thank you. So now I’d like to invite John’s wife Jamie can join us has grade at John I’m that you you know that is. Eight people who part. So why are you know then Jamie. Come on over here it’s just an honor. And then you’ve done incredible work thank you sir and oh Las Vegas general of Nevada and all of every place in this country is very proud of you the job you’ve done. Bringing people back and you are supposed to be there for five minutes of state for an hour and yes. Because I was so interesting telling. Congratulations Jim both future. Richard thank you very much for the judge you didn’t think it’s fantastic. I think that is a chain reported.

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