Bill Text: VA HR595 | 2020 | 1st Special Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Commending Antonio Brown.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2020-09-25 - Agreed to by House by voice vote [HR595 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2020-HR595-Introduced.html
Offered September 10, 2020
Commending Antonio Brown.
Patron-- Kory

WHEREAS, Antonio Brown, while incarcerated, worked to help rehabilitate other individuals at correctional centers in the Commonwealth and was released from prison early on April 3, 2020, for his exemplary behavior; and

WHEREAS, Antonio "Tony" Brown was convicted of malicious wounding and robbery and sentenced to more than 60 years in prison; and

WHEREAS, during his incarceration, Tony Brown earned the nickname "Mayor Tony" by defusing violent situations peacefully, creating a sense of community, and inspiring people of all races, creeds, and backgrounds to make good choices and seek a path toward rehabilitation; and

WHEREAS, while at Greensville Correctional Center, Tony Brown served as a teacher's aide and math tutor, helping several other inmates achieve GED degrees over the course of 15 years; and

WHEREAS, over the course of 15 years at Greensville Correctional Center, Tony Brown volunteered as a teacher's aide and math tutor, helping several others who were also serving time behind bars to achieve their GED degrees; and

WHEREAS, Tony Brown also worked with the Kairos Prison Ministry Team to build a sense of hope through faith as an Assistant Pastor in Unit S3 of Greensville Correctional Center; and

WHEREAS, Tony Brown became an assistant to the regional librarian at Powhatan Correctional Center, where he helped organize a spelling bee contest and a youth basketball tournament; and

WHEREAS, after 23 years in prison, in recognition of his strength of character and service to others, Tony Brown received a pardon from Governor Ralph Northam; he touched countless lives in Virginia's prison system through his mentorship, leadership, and kindness; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, That Antonio Brown hereby be commended for his work to rehabilitate other inmates and give back to his community; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Antonio Brown as an expression of the House of Delegates' admiration for his achievements.