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Clemency for Michael Bates

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I am asking President Obama to consider clemency for Michael Bates, he is currently serving a 8yr sentence for a non-violent drug offence. Michael has served 15 months of this 8yr sentence in a facility that offers very little resources to try to decrease the amount of time served. He has taken classes to try to reduce the amount of time served, however that is a very slow process. Micheal is a devoted father of 5 boys and 1 daughter. I am not saying that what he was charged with was right, however I am asking that for his children the future leaders of this world that his case be looked at and reconsidered for the amount of time given for this case. Micheal wants nothing more than to be given a chance to give his children a decent up bringing with a two parent household. He now knows how his actions determine their future. Growing up in Chicago raised by his grandmother he was not afforded many opportunities, but that doesn't have to be for his children. Micheal has a 14yr old son that needs him more now than ever please give him the chance to oversee his youth while they are still impressionable. This campaign may not recieve many signatures but, either way President Obama please consider a lesser sentence or even clemency. Signed a desperate single mother..  

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