Clemency for Michelle West Serving Life Without Parole

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Clemency for Michelle West Serving Life Without Parole

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Miquelle West started this petition to President Joseph Biden

My mom is serving a LIFE sentence for her first and only offense. I was just a small child when she was arrested in 1993. Soon, we will both be in our 30s – I will be in my late 30s, while my mother will be in her 30th year of prison. 

But my mother is resilient. Despite her distance, she remained incredibly involved in my life, essentially raising me from the confines of prison. She reassured me to do what I was passionate about.  I love fashion, so she encouraged me to go to New York City, which I never would have had the courage to do, if not for my mother's belief in me. In New York, my skills caught the eye of Patricia Field, a renowned costume designer for Sex and the City. Ms. Field became my mentor. I left the fashion epicenter of New York City and now reside in Los Angeles. My first job was as an in-house stylist for Mr. Sean Comb's network, Revolt TV. At each step in my career, my mother has advised me and encouraged me. I would not be where I am today without her persistence, constant emails, phone calls, letters, and insight.

My mom’s federal life sentence was mandatory back in the 90s. But if she were convicted of the same thing and sentenced today, a life sentence would NOT be mandatory, and a judge would get to decide what is fair. The judge who sentenced her even remarked that his hands were tied. Unfortunately, that change in the law did not apply to old cases. So my mother remains in prison, despite multiple prison staff writing in support of her character and her impressive prison record – which is full of achievements and accolades. 

I refuse to get married or have children until my mother can be there, in person, to support me. It feels like we are both serving a life sentence, every single day. Right now, only President Biden can free my mother by commuting her life sentence. I hope he will see that my mother truly has earned a second chance. 

Please, sign and share this petition. My mother's story has been featured in a Revolt TV short documentary, Fusion, The Young Turks, Humans of New York, Truthout.org, just to name a few, and is on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency. Details of her case and links to coverage can be found on the CAN-DO Foundation website.  

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