As Donald Trump continues passing out pardons like dealers issue cards, former mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick is pleading for his freedom.
The disgraced politician wrote a 1300-word blog post on The Free Kwame Project describing how he has been rehabilitated while behind bars. After a highly publicized corruption scandal, Kilpatrick was convicted of 24 federal charges in 2013, including racketeering and extortion. He is set to be released in 2037.
Kilpatrick described his incarceration as “the most painful, gut-wrenching and transformational time” in his life. He also shared that he studied law books in the prison library to fight his conviction until he got “tired of fighting” and joined a Christian study group.
Kilpatrick says he became a born-again Christian and began teaching classes while also using his newly acquired legal knowledge to help other men with their cases.
"I counsel, mentor, tutor and help men in many different areas: family, manhood, education, following Christ and even taking responsibility for our sin, facing our wrongs," Kilpatrick wrote. He added, "I’ve also taken every single program that I was allowed to take; from receiving my certification in Culinary Arts (9-month course) to every Manhood Development, Parenting and Character Development Program offered in the institution."
Having participated so thoroughly in the programs his prison has to offer, Kilpatrick wrote he is now “mentally, emotionally [and] spiritually” ready to be released. Furthermore, Kilpatrick claimed the people harmed by his scandal had forgiven him.
"My family has forgiven me. I have asked the people of the city of Detroit for forgiveness many times. And most Detroiters have forgiven me, as well. "
He ended the letter with a sanctified personal plea to Donald Trump.
“By God’s grace, I have received a pardon from Him, through Christ Jesus,” Kilpatrick concluded. “I pray that I will receive the opportunity for pardon/clemency from the President of the United States, as well.”