A nonviolent drug offense with a federal life sentence. Clemency for Stevie Jackson
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Hello, My name is Misty Smith and this is a petition to help with an appeal for the father of my children Stevie Jackson. The last time my kids hugged their father was 2006. He has been incarcerated since then. Our daughter had just turned 6 years old, she is now 18 and graduating from high school. Stevie was sentenced to life in federal prison under an old law. Since he has been incarcerated that law has been removed but at the time of his sentencing that law was still in affect. Which means he is never coming home for a nonviolent crime..that's why I'm asking for signatures to present for possible clemency. We have 3 kids together who are now adults and want more than anything to have their father home. It has been extremely hard on them. Our oldest is 22 he is in college going for his Doctrate in education. Our middle son is 20 also in college he is a History major and an amazing basketball player. His dad has never seen him play. Our daughter is 18 in her last year of high school heading to UT Austin to eventually obtain her Doctrate in psychiatry. As for me I've been a single parent for over 12 years but I never let that stop me from raising our kids the way we both planned. Stevie was convicted under an old law that sentenced him to life in prison. He did have prior convictions but nothing could have prepared us for this. At first I was extremely bitter and angry about him being gone sentenced to life in a federal prison. I still can't wrap my head around it. So upset that our children would be another statistic with a single mother. But our prayers and love for him have kept us strong and with God being our strength all 3 of our children have been productive members of society beating the odds and getting educated. Over the years Stevie has had plenty of time to think and reflect. He has obtained several certificates and is now working on a culinary trade. He has been teaching ceramics and doing so well staying so positive. I cry as I think of how much he has missed out and by no means am I wanting any pitty. All I know is he has paid the ultimate price by missing out on all 3 of his children's childhood and I hope and pray that someone have mercy on us and God blesses him with clemency. No amount of prison time can ever replace missed basketball games, prom, graduation, father and son time or missing our only daughters father-daughter dance. Please help us and sign our petition. To over turn his conviction under an unjust unreasonable law that no longer exist. No one that has been sentenced under a nonviolent crime should be incarcerated for life. Murderers and child molesters should be doing life in prison. Please help us. If you have any question for me or can give me any advise of what other steps we can take to bring Stevie home to us, please send me a message. Thank you for your support and prayers.
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