Sign the Petition: Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Free Gerald Reed!


Join our rally outside the courthouse on Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 8:00AM for Gerald Reed. After that we will go to Room 604 to hear Judge Thomas Hennelly's decision. He asked the prosecution and defense to provide their case for why his signed, false confession should or should not be used -- a confession that was thrown out by the last judge, a confession coerced by torture!


Gerald Reed has been in prison for 28 years for a crime he did not commit. He is the victim of a violent crime perpetrated by Commander Jon Burge and his minions. On June 14, 2012, and again on March 14, 2014, the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission unanimously found that there was “a preponderance of evidence” that Reed was tortured. His case was assigned to Judge Thomas V. Gainer and after seven years of delays by Special Prosecutors assigned to the case, Judge Gainer, on Dec. 19, 2018, vacated Reed’s conviction because it relied on a tortured confession.

Now another motion to remove the Special Prosecutors has been assigned to Criminal Court Chief Judge Leroy Martin, causing further delay. Should a new prosecutor be assigned still further delays are inevitable while they review the case.

Meanwhile, Gerald Reed’s torture continues every day. His leg --- broken by his torturers working under Jon Burge 28 years ago – was partially repaired only in 2017, leaving Reed in continuing pain. In addition, on December 22, 2018, he suffered a heart attack. Last month, April, he was in a coma for two days caused by influenza. His ongoing torture and imprisonment are killing him.

Attorney General Kwame Raoul has the authority to end this extreme injustice and #FreeGeraldReed. 

Gerald Reed needs to be free and his life needs to be saved. We call on Attorney General Raoul to drop the charges against Gerald Reed. We urge him to use the authority of his office to end this human tragedy and set an innocent man free.

Who's signing

Karen Olson
Emily Erblich
Bridget Schuette
Jordan Golding
Noah Feeman
Marla Guggenheimer
Molly Pease
Kimberly Clark
Nadia Ghazali
Alyce Barry
Sara Scott
Emely Sosa
John Stoner
Natalie Delatorre
Kim OBrien
Alexandra Thomas
Daniela Flax
Jennifer Johnson
Mark Buban
Audrey Ours
Donna Wallach
Jennyfer Chilton
Sara Siddiqui
Sharday Love
Amanda Kunkel
Cole Sheridan
Alice Kim
Alicia Berger
Catherine Moran
1,000 signatures

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  • Karen Olson
    signed 2020-06-02 16:08:23 -0500
  • Emily Erblich
    signed 2020-06-02 11:58:05 -0500
  • Bridget Schuette
    signed 2020-06-02 09:50:02 -0500
  • Jordan Golding
    signed 2020-06-01 13:11:07 -0500
  • Noah Feeman
    signed 2020-05-31 11:31:18 -0500
  • Marla Guggenheimer
    signed 2020-05-31 08:58:29 -0500
  • Molly Pease
    signed 2020-03-07 15:21:51 -0600
  • Kimberly Clark
    signed 2020-03-04 07:15:40 -0600
  • Nadia Ghazali
    signed 2020-02-18 09:26:26 -0600
  • Alyce Barry
    signed 2020-02-13 12:38:54 -0600
  • Sara Scott
    signed 2020-01-22 20:40:08 -0600
  • Emely Sosa
    signed 2020-01-12 14:54:02 -0600
  • John Stoner
    signed 2020-01-10 10:11:22 -0600
  • Natalie Delatorre
    signed 2019-12-09 21:31:14 -0600
  • Kim OBrien
    signed 2019-11-29 12:30:26 -0600
    It is a complete outrage and mockery of justice that Gerald Reed and others are still in jail EIGHT YEARS after the illinois torture commission upheld his claim of torture. FREE THEM NOW!!!
  • Alexandra Thomas
    signed 2019-11-27 14:36:30 -0600
  • Daniela Flax
    signed 2019-11-24 12:22:43 -0600
  • Jennifer Johnson
    signed 2019-11-22 20:52:42 -0600
  • Mark Buban
    signed 2019-10-05 22:11:32 -0500
  • Audrey Ours
    signed 2019-10-01 12:30:37 -0500
  • Donna Wallach
    signed 2019-07-27 01:01:59 -0500
    Free Gerald Reed immediately!!!!
  • Kyra
    signed 2019-07-24 15:10:56 -0500
  • Jennyfer Chilton
    signed 2019-07-17 16:35:11 -0500
    Freedom does not belong to a select few. It’s a birth right. If one person is denied that right, than we have failed as a country. We might as well do away with the land of the free and replace with freedom is for a selected few and list those qualifications that makes one eligible. Instead of just leaving it as an unspoken practice.
  • Sara Siddiqui
    signed 2019-07-13 15:01:03 -0500
  • Sharday Love
    signed 2019-07-12 20:10:24 -0500
  • Amanda Kunkel
    signed 2019-07-11 22:20:16 -0500
  • Cole Sheridan
    signed 2019-07-07 15:29:36 -0500
  • Alice Kim
    signed 2019-07-07 13:26:58 -0500
  • Alicia Berger
    signed 2019-07-01 09:35:14 -0500
  • Catherine Moran
    signed 2019-06-29 19:26:39 -0500