- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Rodney White turned his life around after serving 15 years in prison. He graduated from the University of Richmond and is a community college administrator.

Now White has a national campaign to seek a presidential pardon.

White’s prison sentence was for a first-time, non-violent drug offense. He admits he broke the law.

“… but at least review the process.” White told WWBT-TV (https://bit.ly/1MwifJ9). “At least give me an opportunity to have a fair shot at my pardon being heard.”

So White has drafted a petition to the White House, and said he will get a response if he can snag 100,000 signatures in 30 days.

“We need the signatures, and not just for me,” said White. “But it can be for your family member who may one day want to seek a pardon themselves.”

Local radio personality Community Clovia was White’s high school classmate. She is now using her voice to get the word out about White’s quest for a pardon.

“It’s cumbersome, and I really don’t think it was designed for the regular folk,” said Clovia. “He’s an education career coach at a community college in Danville. Why not support him? We need those signatures.”

White hopes this push will make a big difference.

“Politicians want to say look…we made a mistake with these drug laws. We want to change the drug laws,” said White. “I’m saying good. Let’s change them, but let’s also change the process for forgiveness.”

The Wake Forest University School of Law is helping White complete his pardon application.

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