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Larry Hogan

  • Governor of Maryland

Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Hogan, Jr. is an American politician who currently serves as the 62nd Governor of Maryland, in office since January 2015.

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Pardon and compensate an innocent man who served 40 years for a crime he did not commit

This petition seeks to have the Governor of Maryland pardon Jesse Barnes, who spent forty years in prison for a crime he did not commit.  The petition also seeks fair compensation for Jesse's wrongful conviction. In 1971, the police in Baltimore, Maryland arrested Jesse, who was seventeen at the time, in connection with the murder of his girlfriend.  The police had no evidence linking Jesse to the murder, and they ignored his alibi even though multiple witnesses told the police they were with Jesse around the time of the murder.  Jesse was subsequently convicted based only on a statement that the police wrote and that Jesse, a high school drop-out, signed after a lengthy interrogation.  The prosecution did not present any evidence corroborating the statement.  The jury was never told about Jesse's alibi or the many other facts demonstrating that his statement was untrue.  After spending the next several decades in prison, Jesse eventually found new lawyers to take up his case.  His lawyers presented DNA and other newly uncovered evidence that discredited the story told in Jesse’s statement and that established his innocence.  After this evidence surfaced, the State of Maryland agreed to release Jesse from prison, and, in December 2011, he walked out of a Baltimore courthouse as a free man for the first time since 1971.  (The photo is from the day Jesse was released.  He is on the left, hugging his brother.) Jesse is now 62 years old and lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, a childhood friend whom he married in 2012.  He has led a stable and quiet life since his release.  But while Jesse is no longer in prison, he remains -- in the eyes of the law -- guilty of a horrific crime he did not commit.  Jesse deserves to be fully exonerated, and he deserves compensation for the injustice he suffered.  Please sign this petition, and ask the Governor of Maryland to pardon Jesse and provide him with fair compensation for his wrongful conviction. 

Peter Swanson
2,300 supporters
Petitioning Maryland Parole Commission, Larry Hogan, Maryland General Assembly, sen. delores kelley, Benjamin L. Cardin, Ariana B. Kelly, Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Maryland Governor, Chris Van Hollen, Marylan...

In need of a second chance - grant parole for Phillip Alvin Jones

My name is Phillip Alvin Jones, I am a Maryland state prisoner who has been incarcerated for 29 years. I'm incarcerated at Coyote Ridge Correction center (WA), I was transferred to Washington state on a interstate corrections compact back in 2005. At the age of 19 i was convicted for the charges of attempted murder and handgun violation and as a result I was sentenced to life in prison, an exorbitant amount of time for this type of offense. As of 2020, I will have served 30 years of my life sentence. When i filed a reconsideration in 2018 I was ten years without disciplinary sanctions, I had 20 certificates of achievement, I had education and multiple character reference letters, i had a steady employment record and a release plan that included housing and a job upon release. The parole commission didn't even respond but I learned that they denied it after I wrote Christine Burk, the chief administrator of the Maryland parole commision, who said i could refile in march of 2020. I have done everything I can possibly do to show that I am a changed person and no longer the 19 years old child from a broken home who had no one to love him and found himself being peer influenced by the streets. I am now someone who has reedeemed himself.  Not only have I worked tirelessly to transform myself, I have also played an important role in shaping the lives of others, most notably my daughter. By contributing to her upbringing and taking an active role in her life and education - as active as was possible from a position of distance and physical absence. I'm now someone who speak to the youth in hopes of discouraging them from joining gangs and also promotes restorative justice seeking forgiveness from my victims and asking to be given the chance to make ammends. In addition, I have taken every rehabilitative program offered to me in prison. I'm going up for a parole reconsideration in 2020 but it seems like the Maryland parole commision only respond favorably to individuals who have advocates behind them so i'm looking for organizations to assist me in getting prepared and to also be an advocate on my behalf to support me. I am hoping that the Maryland Parole Commission will consider granting me parole, while I remain in custody in the community. Parole hearings have taken on heightened importance, in light of Maryland's stance on lifer's achieving parole. Maryland has no comprehensive release opportunity for those serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole on their sentence.  This was not only my first incarceration, I was a teenager, I have a non homicide offense, and I have served 29 years time on it. Even though I was two years over Maryland's juvenile age, studies have shown that a teenager, whether 17 or 19 is equal in their cognitive abilities and reasoning capacities. Adolescents should not be held to the same criminal responsibility standards as adults. The developmental immaturity of teenagers mitigates their criminal culpability and, accordingly, should moderate the severity of their punishment. Many courts have emphasized that teenagers are more likely to reform than adult offenders, and therefore, should be given a meaningful opportunity to demonstrate that they are in fact reformed.  I am seeking support from the outside, in pursuit of a second chance. I want to return and give back to my community, be a force for change, restore justice, and not continue to be a burden to taxpayers who foot the bill for long term prison sentences that contribute to mass incarceration. I believe I deserve a second chance at life to prove that people can reedem themselves and achieve bigger purposes even though they come from wrecked backgrounds. With your help, I can have some publicity brought to my case, it might be little to you but it means the world to me. Please sign your name onto the petition, also if you have any suggestions about organizations that could help me feel free to write me at Thank you in advance for your commitment to fairness and God bless.

Roberta Fiore
1,535 supporters
Petitioning Elijah Cummings, Adrienne Jones, Lauren Kirk 513-579-7161, Dutch Ruppersberger, Donna Edwards, John Sarbanes, Barbara Mikulski, Ben Cardin, Larry Hogan


Many Baltimore regional shopping malls are seeing revitalization around the Maryland area. However, the shopping malls in the 7th Congressional district (Security Square Mall & Owings Mills Mall) have been abandoned many times over.  With all the attention on the defunct Owings Mills Mall, our quaint Security Square Mall that outlines the beltway and 3 major federal government agencies (Social Security Administration, Health Care Administration/ CMS and FBI) has been forgotten.  Forgotten so much that about 80% of the income earned right here in Windsor Mill Maryland is spent elsewhere.  The "Why?" is because of two simple reasons. One being, Gov. Larry Hogan stopped the Red Line project that had Security Square Mall earmarked as a major station along the route of connecting Northwest region to our downtown area. Even canceling this project he never gave a second thought at offering an alternative to the land and business owners that had prepared themselves to grow off this project. Millions were wasted on infrastructure planning, yet no one saw fit to give the area another ounce of hope. Secondly, our elected officials have failed to hold the retail center's investors accountable for there investment in our neighborhood.  They are not required to live up to the like standards of area homeowners. For example, Macy's owns two defunct, boarded restaurants on the front parking lot of Security Square Mall. These two restaurant buildings have been vacant for more than 7 years.  Yet to the contrary homeowners in the area can expect a $300 fine for not having a tight fitting lid on the their trash can.  In my comparison, there has been trashy buildings littering the parking lot of a viable mall within the community and there has been no push to correct this issue or "put a lid on it".  Where is the equity?  Furthermore, there should be state limitations on how long buildings commercial and/or residential can stay vacant within our state. Constantly seeing the defunct restaurant sites on Security Square Mall's parking-lot,  for so many years, is beyond an eyesore and gives a stench of despair.  Retailers within the mall are starting to feel the monetary tension within the community and the chatter as patrons leave the area to spend their dollars elsewhere. Despite efforts like the movie theater at the mall undergoing renovation as we speak, and the inside mall maintaining a high occupancy rate, more needs to be done.  The outer image in conceptually deceiving and needs to be corrected very soon because patrons will continue to flee and maybe even relocate in droves to be apart of more thriving communities.  As one rides the boulevard to visit the areas medical centers, go to their government job, attend a formal event at the luxurious Martin's West facility, visit the local 92Q radio station hub, or to access the beltway at exit 17, the visual of dysfunctionality does not escape you.  There is clearly two high profile vacancies that are attractive locations, yet have sat empty for far too long.  Security Blvd area desperately needs a high profile restaurant or two that allows the mall to compete with the likes of Mondawmin Mall (has TGI Fridays), Reisterstown Road Plaza (has Applebees), Towson Town Center (has Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, Stoney River, & TGI Fridays) & the new Foundry Row in Owings Mills (has Bar Louies). I encourage us residents of the Windsor Mill area to petition Macy's, our elected officials of the 7th congressional district, and the mall owners to change the image of our local mall, show the economic growth needed, and allow this retail center to be a beacon of light to our community.

Estillo Shoes
816 supporters
Petitioning Larry Hogan, Jay A. Perman, Robert Page, President Dr. Darryll Pines UMD, Darryl Pines, Carlo Colella

UMD OOS and IS students should have a reduction in tuition during covid

During this global pandemic we are trying to find the best way to support our students as they continue to embark on their college journeys. At this time while we understand that for their safety and the safety of all our UMD staff, students and families that classes need to be online. The issue is that Out-Of-State (OSS) tuition remains the extremely high as well as in state tuition. We are asking that given the economic crisis facing our families and the education platform change to virtual and online, that OOS students be offered the In-State (IS) tuition and in state also be given a reduction.  With the campus shut down, resources limited, students displaced, limited interaction with professors, less opportunities to utilize UMD services, OOS students should be provided with the same tuition as (IS) students. All students should be charged the same tuition rate if taking online classes. Keep in mind OOS students could have opted to take a semester's leave, transferred to another less costly school or halted their education. However, our OOS students are committed to being a virtual part of UMD and will continue to for years to come. The OOS students have brought revenue and support for years past and will continue to do so. However, this time of uncertainty should be recognized. UMD should understand the OOS and IS students current situation and work to partner with us to find a balance that fosters future OOS and IS students commitment to UMD. We are asking for your help to make a change so that OOS students are offered the same in-state tuition, and IS students are offered a reduction as well, other universities are doing. Ie. Ohio State, Rutgers and Binghamton. Please help initiate change!

Melissa Soffler
733 supporters