Grant Clemency to Nathan Ybanez
  • Petitioned Governor John Hickenlooper

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Governor John Hickenlooper

Grant Clemency to Nathan Ybanez

    1. Darrell Griffin
    2. Petition by

      Darrell Griffin

      Sherman Oaks, CA

Nathan is serving life without parole.  He was 16 he was charged with a crime.  He has been behind bars for 13 years.  Nathan was sexually, physically and mentally abused by both his parents from a very young age. Nathan killed his mother on his last day of abuse.  Kids convicted of similar or worse crimes before and after Nathan’s conviction did not get life in prison without parole. The U.S. is currently the only country on Earth that still sentences kids to life in prison without parole. 

The Columbine school rampage happened 10 miles away from Nathans trial site and only  a few months before his trial started, making adult jurors hungry to convict any kid suspected of committing any crime.

Under a law called "direct file, " the district attorneys decision to try Nathan as an adult was never reveiwed by a judge. If Nathan had been tried as a Juvenile he would have eventually earned an opportunity for rehabilitation.

It can happen to anyone.  Once a person is arrested it is almost impossible to get out of the legal system. The legal appeals system is structured to support convictions, not justice.  Only 4% of convictions are successfully appealed.

The legal system is broken.  When adults kill children they always get less punishment than when kids kill parents.  There are a number of things that are wrong with our legal system      

Direct file – D.A.’s can try a kid as a juvenile or an adult without giving any reasons

Court room theatrics – A good performance is often more important that good evidence

Hearsay – Sometimes a friend who told a friend, who told a friend, is considered evidence

Solitary confinement – Prisoners are sometimes locked up for years, but it doesn’t work as a deterrent

Overcharging – used by D.A.’s to sway juries and as a bargaining tool

Too many laws – We elect legislators who pass laws that are impossible to repeal and remain unchanged without ever being reviewed. 

Example – A 65 year old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for not having proper paperwork for importing orchids.

Justice is harsher in U.S. that any other rich country.  In the United States 5 times more people are in prison than Great Britian, 9 times more than in Germany and 12 times more than Japan

In 1970 one in 400 Americans were behind bars, now more than one in 100 are behind bars.

Retribution or rehabilitation – The U.S. justice system is now more about punishing than rehabilitation.

Juveniles under the age of 18 cannot serve on the same jury that can convict them and sentence them to life in prison without parole.  This makes no sense.

The law enforcement involved with Nathan’s conviction have said that it was a crime of passion, they say he snapped, yet he was convicted of premeditated murder.

Its time to get involved. Please sign our petition to ask Governor John Hickenlooper for clemency in the case of Nathan Ybanez


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    Reasons for signing

    • Diane Hopkins EVERGREEN, CO
      • 4 months ago

      He trial and life sentence were unjust because he did not have proper legal representation.

    • Mateja Đambić OSIJEK, CROATIA
      • 4 months ago

      I hope he will be free one day and be able to live a normal life that he deserves.

    • Meloni Morrison SALEM, OR
      • 5 months ago

      I believe Nathan deserves a second chance in life and he deserves to be a free man. I have never met him, but the research and readings I've done on him throughout college has really inspired me to help free him.

    • Jade Broer CAMBY, IN
      • 5 months ago

      He did not get a fair trial, nor did he really have a choice. No one would help him out, how was he supposed to save himself when no one was helping him?

    • Kristin Waldo STILLWATER, OK
      • 6 months ago

      I am a college professor at a large university. The Nathan Ybanez case is one that I consistently present to my students in my Juvenile Delinquency courses. (I also often use the film, When Kids Get Life). One of the prompts I have my students respond to is whether the State is to be held partially responsible for negative outcomes when juveniles are experiencing abuse in the home, that condition is made known to actors responsible for initiating services, and the State fails to protect the victims. Nathan was subjected to conditions which warranted intervention by those responsible for protecting youth. I fully support clemency for Nathan Ybanez...and Erik Jensen!!!


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