Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General
Charles E. Samuels, Jr., Director, Bureau of Prisons
Thomas R. Kane, PhD, Deputy Director, Bureau of Prisons
Warden J. Grondolsky, FMC Devens
James C. Wills, Associate General Counsel, Bureau of Prisons
President of the United States
Rep. Tim Walberg, Michigan-07
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan
Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan
We, the undersigned, want to bring your attention to a matter of grave concern. Jerry Lee Duval, Jr. self-surrendered on June 11, 2013 to begin serving a 10-year sentence for medical marijuana. In a letter sent on May 28th, Mr. Duval made a formal request for compassionate release through Warden J. Grondolosky at FMC Devens in Massachusetts. We are writing to inform you that citizens worldwide...
We, the undersigned, want to bring your attention to a matter of grave concern. Jerry Lee Duval, Jr. self-surrendered on June 11, 2013 to begin serving a 10-year sentence for medical marijuana. In a letter sent on May 28th, Mr. Duval made a formal request for compassionate release through Warden J. Grondolosky at FMC Devens in Massachusetts. We are writing to inform you that citizens worldwide join with Mr. Duval in supporting his request, which is available online:
In an article from Huffington Post, it is noted that American taxpayers will spend at least $1.2 million dollars to imprison this man. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/jerry-duval-prison-term-cost_n_3353220.html
The prohibitive costs of caring for a kidney-pancreas transplant like Mr. Duval are just one of the extraordinary and compelling circumstances at issue here. Priorities must be reassessed due to sequester-related budget cuts and the Bureau of Prisons is not immune.
The aforementioned factors are precisely why the Department of Justice issued a 90-page report in April that clarifies its commitment to the Compassionate Release program. The report can be viewed here: http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/2013/e1306.pdf
Among other things, the Office of the Inspector General indicates that better use of compassionate release would relieve overcrowding and achieve significant cost savings. Mr. Duval is a shining example of the type of prisoner who is best served by compassionate release.
When Congress passed its bill granting the Bureau of Prisons authority to provide relief through compassionate release, we believe lawmakers had people like Jerry Duval in mind. Ask yourself if prisons are designed to house dangerous criminals or non-violent medical marijuana patients who obeyed all state laws. Please carefully consider if it is worth the time, effort and money that will be spent to imprison this otherwise law-abiding citizen. Should limited resources be dedicated to caring for Mr. Duval at a time when budgets are being drastically slashed? We hope you will agree that compassionate release is the fiscally sound and morally responsible alternative and we ask you to take direct action to remedy this situation immediately.