Clemency to Jeff Mizanskey: Life without parole for marijuana
  • Petitioning Gov. Jeremiah Nixon

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Clemency to Jeff Mizanskey: Life without parole for marijuana

    1. Petition by

      Chris Mizanskey

      Sedalia, MO

My father Jeff Mizanskey has been in prison for 20 years and has no possibility of parole. For non-violent, marijuana-only offenses, my father has been sentenced to die in prison because of a "three strikes" mandatory sentencing policy in the State of Missouri.

Dad's first offense was in 1984 when he sold an ounce to an undercover informant, and then was found to possess a half pound of marijuana when police raided his house the next day.  His next offense occurred in 1991, when he was caught in possession of a couple of ounces. But for my father's final strike in 1993, he became an easy fall guy in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana. My dad was driving a friend to a deal that turned out to be a sting operation. All of the other convicted men involved were set free years ago, but my dad was given a virtual death sentence. 

My dad is, and always has been, a good man. He taught my brother and I all about construction and a good work ethic. He has never been violent and he is a model prisoner. And over the 20 years he has been in that little cell, he has watched as violent criminals, rapists, and murderers have "paid their debts" and left - sometimes just to return a few months later.

My father is 61 years old, and has been in prison since he was 41. His parents - my grandparents - have since passed. While my dad has been trapped behind bars, generations of kids and grandkids have been born into our family who have never even met the man. The State of Missouri spends roughly $22,000/year to keep him locked up. Meanwhile all my dad wants to do is be a productive part of society, work and pay taxes, be with his family. And I want my dad back.

Governor Jay Nixon is the only person who has the power to bring my dad home by granting clemency to Jeff and calling 20 years punishment enough. Please help us reach a just and reasonable end to his prison sentence by signing and sharing this petition.

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    1. Help fund our media campaign!

      Chris Mizanskey
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for signing my petition and calling on Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to grant my father Jeff Mizanskey clemency. After 21 years in prison for marijuana, we've never been this close to freeing my dad. So we're launching a media campaign to put the pressure on Governor Nixon to grant my dad clemency. I need your help!

      We need to raise enough money to bring his story to every corner of the state with radio, tv, and newspaper ads, and even billboards! Any amount helps and you can contribute here:

      With your help, we can make sure that everywhere Gov. Nixon looks, he'll be reminded that hundreds of thousands of people like you want him to grant my father clemency. Here's the link to donate one more time:

      Thank you!
      Chris Mizanskey

      Free Jeff Mizanskey Campaign

      Jeff Mizanskey has done 21 years on a life without parole sentence for marijuana. Help us #FreeJeff

    2. Reached 300,000 signatures



    Jan 02, 2014

    This video is troubling. Drug laws are failing Americans MT @vincentjennings Jeff Mizanskey serving life 4 cannabis

    Cory Booker

    Reasons for signing

    • Marilyn Irwin MOUND CITY, KS
      • about 1 hour ago

      I'm signing not because I've ever used Marijuana I haven't & I'm 68 but because criminals in prison for simple weed do more time than rapists/murderers/child abusers/animal cruelty-just explain simply how this is justifiable!

    • Summer Catron CALIFORNIA, MO
      • about 2 hours ago

      I believe marijuana should be legalized.

    • traci Musgrove BRIDGETON, MO
      • about 2 hours ago

      He should be FREE!!!!!

    • Mary Childs LEES SUMMIT, MO
      • about 3 hours ago

      I believe in justice, and this just isn't.

    • Shannon Dickey ST LOUIS, MO
      • about 3 hours ago

      I'm signing because no one deserves life in prison because of a non violent marijuana charge!


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