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The United States has the Highest rates of incarcerations than any other country in the world. The maximum sentences handed down in any other country for any offense, is twenty-five years. It is obvious that prisons nationwide, are filled with Individuals who are incarcerated due to wrongful convictions, Substance Abuse related crimes, Mental/Psychological Illnesses, first-time offenders of both a fatal and non fatal offense, and of which were committed, before the age of twenty-five. Many have thus far, served twenty years or more in prison, and have matured and repented. In addition, we are asking for consideration to release, prisoners who are severely ill and over the age of 55 years. Many individuals serving a life without the possibility of parole for a first-time fatal offense, are individuals in most cases, who were unable to comprehend the serious of their actions leading up to a crime, or who may have had emotional breakdowns, which should, but are not always categorized as mental illness. Many of these same individuals, were victims themselves as children or adolescents of severe abuses. There are many circumstances which may have led to crime and thus prisoners, should not be stereotyped as every circumstance is different. Life without the possibility of parole is no different than a Death Sentence. Most individuals of first-time fatal offenses were not violent, prior to their first time offense and have not been violent throughout their time in prison. Many were previously college students, well established, gainfully employed, and many are educated and productive human beings who would never offend again with the proper Long-term rehabilitative treatments outside a prison setting. The Government and many others in America, have stereotyped prisoners of fatal crimes. They have given first-time offenders of a fatality, the same sentences given to serial killers and habitual offenders of serious crimes. It is not a fair process. Nor is it something that has been justified. Therefore, we ask that First-Time Offenders of a Fatality, be given a fair opportunity to be re-evaluated and reconsidered for sentence reductions allowing them to receive less expensive and more appropriate treatment in a long-term transitional residential facility outside the prison setting and to someday also be free, while saving the Government and the Tax Payers enormous amounts of money.