Clemency for Terry Anderson, serving 30 years for nonviolent drug offense.
Terry Anderson is a 53-year-old woman, who has served 20 years of a 30 year sentence in a nonviolent drug and money laundering case. She is a mother of identical twin daughters, a daughter, a sister, and a friend to many who deserves a second chance. Here’s Terry’s story in her own words:
“I have been separted from my 2 twin girls since they were 12 years old. My parents have lovingly raised them, but it's been so hard on them. I see them only once every couple of months. They are now 32. They have had a hard time understanding why people who commit murder get less time than I got. It is hard to put into words how bad this has affected them. My parents have been hurt terribly too. I am their youngest child and we were always so close. I understand that I needed to be punished and that I was wrong. I just pray that I am considered worthy of mercy because I truly do understand that my behavior led to my own demise and I will never disappoint my family again by compromising myself or them when it comes to the collateral damage that accompanies drug use and/or dealing.”
Terry was really a middle person. Her involvement was far less than others in her case. But based on her husband’s testimony and her refusal to “cooperate,” she got a “kingpin” status even though she was never caught with drugs or money. The five men in her case have been in and out of prison, were caught with LOTS of money, drugs, assets, even guns, and are all out of prison today.
Terry started her 30 year sentence in 1996 with a determination to make positive changes.She began to believe for the first time in many years that she was a woman of worth and was not defined by her past which consisted of drug addiction and physical abuse. She graduated from the Change Program which helps incarcerated women rebuild their lives and became a mentor to many young women as they came into the system. Between 1997 and 2011 she completed several computer courses, a computer apprenticeship and logged 2000 hours computer clerical time. Once released, she’s prepared to work.
Terry's parents are getting older and she hopes for an opportunity to spend time with, and take care of them, before it's too late and to make up for any suffering her choices have caused the family.
Read more about Terry's case - she is #7 on the CAN-DO Top 25.
Please sign this petition and ask President Obama to help bring Terry Anderson home.
- President of the United States
President Barack Obama
My name is Terry Anderson and I am writing this today with the hopes that I will be granted clemency before your term ends in September. I am a 53 year old mother of two who has spent the last 20 years on a 30 year charge in a federal prison for a non violent drug charge and money laundering. I see this letter as a last and final plea at any chance I may still have at a real life out side of these walls. With this letter I have included an attachment with a list of achievements and facts that may prove helpful in considering my request.
I have completed a number of job readiness courses and worked a number of high ranking privileged jobs since my incarceration. I have completed the change program and graduated with honors. Upon my release I already have a number of opportunities awaiting me including an employer whom has a position at one of his many companies for me.
On a more personal note I have spent the last two decades watching my twin daughters grow up with out their mother. I watched my mother whom I once thought of as a fragile woman step up to the plate and raise my kids for the last 20 years. I have also been watching my father battle melanoma cancer. A few months ago my father went in for a shoulder x-ray and found a spot on his lung. Shortly after he started chemo to battle lung cancer. My father is 79 years old and lets just be real here. He's not going to be around for another 10 more years to see me get out.
I know the pain, stress and money I have caused my family and the community. I am very sorry for the inconvenience of my actions towards my family and my community. What I am asking is for a chance to give back. Sir allow me to go home to my family so I can tell my daddy its okay to let go. I need closure, watching him die from prison can't provide. My family needs me and I need them. At this point in my life I can still go out and be something other than a burden. I plan on getting out and becoming the sister, daughter and parent that I always should have been. I will give back to my community by participating in community clean up programs and volunteering my time to talk to young women who are struggling in the system.
I hope you read this and see the potential I still have in me and I pray you find it in your heart to grant me clemency. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely, Terry Anderson
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