Clemency for Timothy Tyler, life for a nonviolent drug offense
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Clemency for Timothy Tyler, life for a nonviolent drug offense

    1. Carrie Tyler
    2. Petition by

      Carrie Tyler

      Las Vegas, United States

My brother Timothy Tyler was just 25 years old when he was sentenced to die in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. He's watched murderers and rapists leave prison while he has no chance of ever leaving. He is now 45 years old and I want to bring him home.

Timothy was a young Grateful Dead fan, who in May of 1992, sold pot and LSD to a friend who turned out to be a police informant. He had never been to prison before, but a judge was forced to give him double life without the possiblity of parole because of two prior drug convictions — even though both those convictions resulted in probation.

Life without the possibility of parole means my brother will never have a chance to live outside of prison walls. It's effectively a death sentence. 

Tim made mistakes when he was young, but after 22 years in prison, he has more than paid his debt to society. He is not a threat to anyone. He wasn't given a chance to get clean and sober to think about the damage he was doing to his life. They locked him up and threw away the key.

But there's hope. 

In December, President Obama granted clemency to 8 nonviolent drug offenders who were serving mandatory sentences for crack cocaine. And the Department of Justice recently asked for Bar Associations throughout the country to send them more clemency petitions for nonviolent drug offenders.

It costs $25,000 per year to keep my non-violent brother in prison for a mistake he made more than 20 years ago.  So far, that is over half a million dollars.  Not only is that not justice, but it's a waste of money.

I need your help to show them that Americans think Timothy has paid his debt to society and shouldn't be housed in a cage at the expense of taxpayers anymore. He should be granted clemency.  


President of the United States
Clemency for Timothy Tyler

I'm writing you today to ask that you grant clemency to Timothy Tyler, who is serving life without the possibility of parole for a nonviolent drug offense.

Incarcerating Timothy Tyler costs taxpayers $25,000 per year for mistakes he made more than 20 years ago. So far, that is over half a million dollars.

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Recent signatures


    1. Please share this image to promote #Clemency2014

      Carrie Tyler
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,
      There are now over 2 million signatures on petitions in support of clemency for nonviolent drug offenders like my brother Tim! This is a huge milestone -- can you help spread the word about it?

      Please share this image on your Facebook page:

      If you're a Twitter user, click this link to tweet your support:

      Thank you for your support! Sharing this will change lives!

      Peace & Love,
      Carrie Tyler

    2. Kickstarter campaign for documentary featuring Tim Tyler

      Carrie Tyler
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your recent support in our continuing efforts to obtain clemency for Timothy Tyler. So far over 357,000 people have made their voices heard by signing Tim's petition on!

      Lee Editorial is producing a documentary about mandatory minimum life sentences without parole, and will prominently feature Tim's story. This is the same production company that created Tim's website, in addition to producing the existing short promo video introducing Tim's story.

      There are currently over 2,000 individuals serving LIFE SENTENCES WITHOUT PAROLE for drug offenses in this country! Please take a look at this important project and consider getting involved if this is an issue that is close to your heart. Your continued support can help raise awareness and will give a voice to all those individuals and to their families who are living day by day with little or no hope.

      Thank you!

    3. Reached 300,000 signatures
    4. Thank you for supporting Tim!

      Carrie Tyler
      Petition Organizer

      Hello friends,

      Thank you for supporting my cause to try to get clemency for my brother, Timothy Tyler #99672-012 USP Canaan. Please share the petition as much as you can.

      We have created a website for Tim:
      Please check it out.

      Here's a youtube video with some photos of Tim in it. It's 10 minutes long.

      Follow Tim's Twitter page:

      This is Tim's facebook page:
      Tim does not actually have access to the Internet, but through social media, much change is possible.

      Thanks so much again! Not Fade Away.
      God Bless!


      Free Tim Tyler

      Tim Tyler was a Deadhead in the early 90s and followed the Grateful Dead for about 5 years. In 1993 at age 24, he was arrested and convicted for selling LSD and sentenced to an unbelievable mandatory life WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. He has spent the last 20 years in Federal Prison.

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Todd Mason DAYTONA BEACH, FL
      • about 7 hours ago


    • Donald Stair BURLESON, TX
      • 1 day ago

      People make mistakes. While this was a choice that was made, albeit a poor one, 20 years is MUCH more than enough for ANY nonviolent drug crime. There is absolutely no reason to continue using taxpayer money to continue incarcerating people that could be contributing to society in positive ways after having paid their debt with years of their lives. FREE THESE NONVIOLENT DRUG OFFENDERS! Let them have a chance to REPAY society with positive contributions!

    • Eric Boettcher TIJERAS, NM
      • 1 day ago

      Lets let murders, rapists, and pedophiles out early to make room for non violent offenders.

    • S Glascock CONCORD, CA
      • 1 day ago

      THIS IS MADNESS!!! I am opposed to this inhumane "war on drugs" in every way! I had a deadhead friend who spent 20 years on a level 4 yard in California for selling mushrooms. He got out over 7 years ago and had yet to re-offend! This bogus war has touched both my husband and my lives in every way possible. It's a misdemeanor beat your dog to death yet drug offences are classed up there with murder and rape!!! It's time to review the cases of those who are currently incarcerated and release those who's only crimes non-violent drug related crimes. Not only are we wasting money on destroying the lives of those who are incarnated, we are destroying the lives of their children and families!

      PS: If you live in California, please vote YES on Prop 47!

    • eileen Sheehan PALM COAST, FL
      • 1 day ago

      Release this man already!!!


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