There are hundreds of thousands of ex-offenders who are, in effect, serving a life sentence without having been sentenced to such by any court. I am speaking of the first time, non-violent offender who, due to the current federal policy, must spend the rest of their lives bearing the stigma of a federal felony conviction. Not even a Presidential pardon will clear an offender’s name. This gross miscarriage of justice must be changed.
There is a bill currently before Congress that will allow this change. HR 1529 will allow certain first time non-violent offenders to petition the court for relief. HR 1529 is a must pass bill. It has been allowed to die in committee once before. This must not happen this time. You may view the complete text of the bill and sign the petition at http://www.wedeserveourlivesback.com/ and http://www.petition2congress.com/2/1977/go/ view the bill at http://www.opencongress.org/ and at http://www.thomas.gov/ Please support this effort to allow ex-offenders to regain their lives.
This bill is win, win. It will cost the taxpayer practically nothing to implement and, by reducing recidivism, will reduce the cost to taxpayers of further incarceration of those individuals who will now be able to lead successful lives.
This is not a free ride. It is only an opportunity for a first time, non violent ex-offender to earn a second chance.
This most worthy legislation is in dire jeopardy. It has become apparent that the sponsor of this legislation, Congressman Rangel, has abandoned all efforts to support this bill. This is evidenced by the fact that this version of the Bill , unlike four out of five predecessors, has no co-sponsors and repeated efforts by supporters to find out why go unanswered. Letters to Congressman Rangel, Judiciary Chairman Congressman Conyers and others and three visits by a supporter to Rep. Rangel's New York office have produced no response.
When this petition was first posted in May, 2009 there were Approximately 24,000 members of the Criminal Justice Cause on this web site. In July of 2009, only two short months later, there were over 43,000. Today we are almost 150,000 strong. Together "We The People" can make things change. You must raise your voices. Remind congress that they work for us.