Second Chance For Offenders In The GAP.

Second Chance For Offenders In The GAP.

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Evelyn Stephens started this petition to Mississippi State Senate and

WITH THIS PETITION WE SEEK TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE DISCRIMINATORY STANCE THAT MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE AND THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS HAS TAKEN AGAINST VIOLENT OFFENDERS THAT COMMITTED OFFENSES FROM OCTOBER 1,1994 TO JUNE 30, 2014. THE PROBLEM IS THAT MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE HAS OMITTED TWO DECADES OF INMATES FROM RECEIVING THE BENEFITS OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ACT.  THOSE INCARCERATED FROM OCTOBER 1,1994 TO JULY 1, 2014.

MISSISSIPPI CODE
47-7-3(c)(ii) STATES,

"No person shall be eligible for parole who shall, on or after October 1, 1994, be convicted of robbery, attempted robbery or carjacking as provided in Section 97-3-115 et seq., through the display of a firearm or drive-by shooting as provided in Section 97-3-109. The provisions of this paragraph (c)(ii) shall also apply to any person who shall commit robbery, attempted robbery, carjacking or a drive-by shooting on or after October 1, 1994, through the display of a deadly weapon. This paragraph (c)(ii) shall not apply to persons convicted after July 1, 2014.


THIS IS DISCRIMINATORY BECAUSE LEGISLATURE OMITS ANY REHABILITATIVE FACTORS THAT THESE OFFENDERS COULD BE RECEIVING AND PLACES ZERO VALUE ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE WHILE INCARCERATED OR FREE.
WHEN LEGISLATURE REFUSED TO PROVIDE CASE PLANS AND PAROLE ELIGIBILITY FOR THESE INMATES BUT PROVIDED CASE PLANS AND PAROLE ELIGIBILITY FOR INMATES WITH THE SAME OFFENSES, WHO COMMITTED THE OFFENSE AFTER JUNE 30, 2014, THE EFFECT OF LEGISLATURE'S DECISION TO EXCLUDE TWO DECADES OF INMATES FROM CASE PLANS AND PAROLE ELIGIBILITY HAS RESULTED IN THESE INMATES BEING PUT IN PARCHMAN AND LEFT TO DIE IN PRISON OR FAIL IN SOCIETY. THIS IS UNFAIR, OPPRESSIVE AND MAKES THEM MORE SUBSEPTABLE RECIDIVISM. IN AN EFFORT TO SHOW CAUSE THE FOLLOWING FACTS AND STATICS HAVE BEEN PREPARED:

1.) BECAUSE OVER 90% OF ARMED ROBBERY OFFENDERS IN MDOC ARE YOUNG BLACK MALES

2) 98% OF ARMED ROBBERY OFFENDERS WHO WERE SENTENCED AFTER OCT. 1, 1995 AND BEFORE JULY 1, 2014 WERE SENTENCED TO OVER 20 MANDATORY YEARS.

3.) OVER 90% OF ARMED ROBBERY OFFENDERS THAT FALL INTO THE ABOVE MENTIONED CATEGORY WERE FIRST TIME OFFENDERS

4.) OVER 90% OF ARMED ROBBERY OFFENDERS, THAT FALL IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED SENTENCING
GAP, WERE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 WHEN THEY COMMITTED THE OFFENSE.

5.) DUE TO THE LENGTH OF TIME THAT THESE OFFENDERS RECEIVED FOR ARMED ROBBERY THEY ARE SKIPPED OVER FOR MOST VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS WHILE INCARCERATED BECAUSE MDOC HAS GIVEN PRIORITY TO NONVIOLENT OFFENDERS.

6.) ARMED ROBBERY IS AN OFFENSE THAT IS MOST COMMONLY COMMITTED BY EXTREMELY IMPOVERISHED AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE YOUTHS IN MISSISSIPPI.

WHILE WE CONDEMN THESE OFENSES WE MUST REMEMBER NOT TO CONDEMN THE PERSON. WE ARE ASKING YOU TO HELP US REQUEST THAT LEGISLATURE PROVIDE THESE OFFENDERS WITH A SECOND CHANCE BY INCLUDING THESE OFFENDERS IN MISSISSIPPI'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ACT.

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