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Petitioning U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and 9 others

Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels Jr.: Grant Compassionate Release for Jerry Lee Duval, Jr.


More than $1.2 million will be spent to imprison Jerry Duval over the next ten years. He is a state-registered medical marijuana patient who was convicted of federal drug trafficking, even though he strictly complied with all Michigan laws. The Bureau of Prisons has the authority to grant compassionate release due to "extraordinary and compelling circumstances" in Jerry's case, including the high cost of caring for a kidney-pancreas transplant recipient who also suffers from coronary artery disease. Please encourage the BOP to use the powers granted by Congress to relieve overcrowding and save tax dollars by releasing non-violent prisoners serving time for victimless crimes, starting with Jerry Duval.

Letter to
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Michigan Governor
President of the United States
and 7 others
FMC Devens Warden J. Grondolsky
Deputy Director, Bureau of Prisons Thomas R. Kane, PhD
Director, Bureau of Prisons Charles E. Samuels, Jr.
Representative Tim Walberg
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Senator Carl Levin
Associate General Counsel, Bureau of Prisons James C. Wills
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.
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:
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.

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