Clemency for Chad Marks serving 40 years
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Chad Marks has been imprisoned for over 14 years on non-violent drug charges. He currently faces 26 more years of his total sentence of 40 years if he does not receive clemency from President Trump. He now spends most his time in the law library helping others who need assistance and are incapable of filing a motion on their own. He also sends letters and stories about life in prison to the CAN-DO Foundation and in turn we have shared them with the press. Fusion published Chad's letter entitled: What it was like to watch Trump win the election while in prison.
He was also chosen by Yale Law students who wrote an Op Ed about the clemency applicants they had identified as meeting all the criteria that the Obama administration has laid out to qualify. And Chad was quoted in Vice news - all these articles can be read on Chad's profile page:
According to Chad:
When Judge Larimer scolded me for not being remorseful, I heard him, but did not understand him. It has taken me almost a decade to realize that there is no one to blame for my situation but myself. The reconciliation of my past with my present life and faith is an ongoing process. The mistakes that I made as a youth continue to affect me to this day. But they do not define who I am today. They do not dictate my direction. I believe such lessons and memories are not merely the miracles that get us though difficult times in our lives, but are powerful tools that reinforce our spirit here and now.
If I am able to right the wrongs that I have done in my life, it is only because I have evolved and this journey afforded me that opportunity. So it is with great regret and repentance that I offer my apology to America.
Accepting responsibility goes hand in hand with choosing . When we come to terms with the fact the we have done wrong and own it, we let go of those things that have damaged our souls, or the souls of others, we are set free to choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in love and lead to life. Although my case in a nonviolent one, I regret any role I played in harming out society by engaging in illicit behavior. I never will be that person, again.
I learned that you have to let go of your old self in order to put on your new self. I had to let go of the lies I was living. All journey's for good or evil begin with one small step. When we choose the path we choose the destination. When we let go of wrong things, for the right reasons we begin the first step of change. Like a weak chain something breaks inside of us and we finally say, "no more." That is when a new resolve is birthed.. We ascend above our fears and defensiveness. The hardness of our hearts crumble, becoming soft and ready to receive new growth, new possibilities. I must admit I'm like a little boy counting the days to Santa's arrival, wondering if I will get the greatest gift any human can ever imagine. Freedom. I can't sleep at night, I'm anxious and worried and hopeful.
There is a time and a season for everything under heaven. I pray that my time in prison is coming to an end and that President Trump will have mercy on my soul and allow me to enter a new season where I can contribute to society in a positive way.
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