Gavin Newsom, Commute John's Life Sentence!

Gavin Newsom, Commute John's Life Sentence!

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Maya Little-Sana started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom

We are in the process of filing an application for commutation from Governor Gavin Newsom on behalf of John Dozier (called "Bug" by his family and friends). Bug is serving a life sentence without parole (LWOP), an excessive sentence which Governor Newsom has the power to reduce. 

To support Bug's friends and family with legal fees, please contribute anything you can to https://www.gofundme.com/f/resentencejohn

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 While commuting John's sentence does not guarantee release from prison, it DOES guarantee that he will have the right to see the parole board in his lifetime, rather than being sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison under a “living death penalty.”

Read more about John's case below and show your support for his resentencing by signing this petition. 

John is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole (LWOP) for his association and inaction during the murder of Matthew Cook in 2011.

The increased public dialogue surrounding mass incarceration and systemic inequality, our personal relationship with John, and a review of his case present these truths:

  •  The death of Matthew Cook was wrong. We express our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. We recognize we can never repair the damage that has been done. 
  • We believe John’s life sentence is excessive, especially given he was not the one who murdered Matthew. Like the general public, we are increasingly aware of the systemic inequalities in our criminal justice system that disproportionately affects Black and Brown communities and are fighting for a more equitable, transformational system.
  • Human beings are worth more than the worst thing they have ever done. There are members of our society who will never safely reintegrate- John is not one of them. He was just 24years old when the crime occurred. We believe he deserves the chance to appear before a parole board one day.
  • Despite such a harsh sentence, John has participated in many rehabilitative programs. He is currently enrolled in Lassen Community College to earn an Associate’s degree in Social Science. He is also enrolled in the International Christian College and Seminary to earn his Associate’s degree in Christian Counseling. In
    addition, he is enrolled at the California Islamic University to earn an Associate’s degree in Islamic Theology. John has also participated in rehabilitative programs including Narcotics Anonymous, Victim’s Impact, Anger Management, Giving Life Back to Lifers, The Alternatives to Violence Program, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Hustle 2.0, Relapse Prevention, Month of Peace, and Preparing for Success After Prison. 

A Statement From John: 
I placed myself in a situation that consequently led to someone's death. I never agreed to what happened, but I did nothing to stop it. For the past nine years I've incarcerated for my inaction. During this time, I've  realized that I should've stepped in. I am remorseful. I have decided to take advantage of a college education and numerous self-help courses which have given me great insight into who I was, who I currently am, and who I desire to be. Today, I realize that my purpose is to live up to my full potential; be an endearing father to my two children, a hard worker, and a contributing member of my community. I'm asking for a chance to prove that I am not that same young man afraid to speak up. I have grown, I am growing.

If you care about transformational justice, racial equity, and uplifting human personality, we ask that you contribute to John’s fight for freedom. 

HOW TO HELP

1. Sign this petition! This petition demonstrates community support for John's commutation. This will be submitted as part of our application. 

2. Donate to our Go Fund Me to pay for legal fees: we have to raise $9,000 more dollars for legal fees! https://www.gofundme.com/f/resentencejohn

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3. Follow @ourfriendbug on Instagram for updates 

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