An Amazing Pardon

Shelby Barb Manny Burl for blog

Barbara, Shelby, Manny, Warden Cain

Shelby Arabie went to prison as a 21-year-old, having first been sentenced to 16 years. Three years later, that sentence was overturned and he was re-sentenced to life in prison. Over the next 26 years, Shelby grew from a “problem inmate” (including one escape) to a most valuable trusty. He was Warden Cain’s right-hand man in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, restoring electrical power to the Warden’s command center at the abandoned Amtrack station in downtown New Orleans. Achieving the highest level of certifications available from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Shelby recently helped establish re-entry training classes for other inmates.

On July 12th, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a rare commutation, reducing Shelby’s sentence from life to 45 years.  Four days later, Shelby was released from Angola! For all who signed cards and petitions addressed to Gov. Jindal, we ask now that you go to (the governor’s website) and write a thank you email. Also, let’s not forget to thank our great God for bringing this to pass.

On our recent trip to Angola, Barbara and I were greatly blessed to visit with Shelby, the day after the Governor commuted his sentence.


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