I would like this petition to reach as many people as possible to try to bring her home!

I would like this petition to reach as many people as possible to try to bring her home!

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A young woman, a first-time offender, convicted in 2004 of manufacturing and selling methamphetamine, was sentenced to life in prison. The laws have changed, and if she were convicted today, she would have already been released from prison. Please read her story and then sign her petition if you agree that Tiffany Arnold deserves a second chance. Tiffany has applied for clemency (pardon) from President Obama. Please sign this petition showing your support of allowing her to reenter society.

Tiffany's Story

My name is Tiffany Arnold. I am 50 years old and am currently residing at FCI Tallahassee where I have been incarcerated since March 2004. I was convicted of Conspiracy to Manufacture 45 grams of methamphetamine, distribution of a mixture containing methamphetamine, and possession of chemicals and equipment to manufacture methamphetamine. When I was arrested for the above charges and lodged in the Whitley County Jail, a fellow inmate became very ill and ultimately died due to hypertension and atherosclerotic heart disease, and morbid obesity with methamphetamine toxicity. My sentence was enhanced to a life sentence for this death; but, I was never indicted nor charged with it. Jury instructions were given that I only had to be found guilty of the distribution charge for the enhancement to be added. During my trial there was testimony of a severe drug culture inside this jail, even before I came to be there. On June 14, 2007, a Grand Jury charged Jerry Taylor, the Whitley County Jailor during this incident with embezzlement, forging employees names on payroll checks, stealing more than $2,500.00, and trafficking in painkillers as well as other prescription drugs to inmates within the jail. They also indicted his son, Jerry Allen Taylor with trafficking drugs inside the jail. This distribution of narcotics led to the state closing the jail for some time while authorities regained control of the situation. Jason O'Bannon, one of my arresting officers, promised that he would get the testimony that he wanted from his witnesses in my trial, even if they had to lie. This statement was recorded and brought up in my trial. He was convicted in July 2005 of persuading witnesses to lie to a Federal Grand Jury and served a year in prison. The sheriff who led the investigation inside the jail, Lawrence Hodge, was convicted of extortion, distributing drugs, and money laundering. He was sentenced to 15 years in a Federal Prison. A segment on 60 Minutes was aired on the level of corruption within this small county. However, none of these facts were addressed in my trial or any court since then. My enhancement falls under a new Supreme Court decision, Burrage vs. United States, that clarifies that if a "death results", it has to be the sole cause and not just a contributory cause of the death. The decision was rendered too late for me since it was not made retroactive; but, if I was tried today on the same offense with the same facts, the court would not be able to impose the same sentence. I have tried to get relief on the case because it was a statutory change in the law but I have not been able to bypass the hurdles that the courts put into place. 


To understand my situation, you first need to know how my life spiraled with my addiction to methamphetamine. I was once a productive citizen, a loving mother, and wife. I was working my way through college, attained an Associate's Degree and working towards my Bachelor's. I went from a student with a bright future with many goals, to meeting the wrong man and getting involved in a volatile relationship and becoming addicted to methamphetamine. I cannot deny that I made some terrible decisions in my life and for that I take complete responsibility and know that I deserved some amount of time. But since I have been incarcerated I have taken every opportunity to better myself. I have taken many women's issues classes through Psychology, several vocational and drug education classes, and am finished with an Office Management Apprenticeship. I am a trainer at Unicor Industries which is an outbound cap center as well as teach several Recreational classes helping others to do positive things with their time. I have maintained close contact with my family who supports me every step of the way, and I know that if given the chance, I could once again be a positive influence on my family and community. My children have grown up without their mother being there and I have a grandson who only knows me through visitation. My mother and father are getting older and they all need me at home. Society will not benefit from me being incarcerated for the remainder of my natural life. I have applied for Clemency and I am asking for your help in supporting my cause. 

Since my incarceration there has been an act called the "First Step Act" which reduces life sentences to 25 years, but it was not made retroactive so it does not give me the same relief that it would to others if they were just coming in to prison. 

 

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