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I have spent almost three decades in prison. The war on drugs is just another way to keep modern day slavery going.  The laws disguised to clean up the streets has locked myself and many of our youth in a system with no way out and no dream of rehabilitation.

In 1991 the “law of the land” was in affect. This law stated that if found guilty of a drug charge the jury is required to correlate time with the amount found in a persons possession. In my case drugs were never found. The prosecutor used a scale of 5/100 Kilograms in order to sway the judge and jury to give me a harsher sentence. I was tried and convicted of a drug charge,sentence to 30 years in prison.


In 2005 the law changed  and  this new change could have helped in my case but the appeals court would not accept my appeal . I filed for a pardon. The pardon made it all the way to the presidents desk. He refused to sign it even though the law had changed in my favor. I have now spent more than 20 extra years in prison. My latest appeal was filed 2015 it has been pending for 4 years. I have now spent 29 years in prison. I went to prison when I was 22 years old I am now 51 . During my time in prison I have lost my Mother, my Father,and many other family members. Although I have lost so much, I still have a strong support group of family and friends. I have  3 adult children that I didn’t have the opportunity to help nurture and grow. I’m not proud of the choices or mistakes I’ve made.These choices have kept me locked up more than half of my life.Now I’m asking for your help.Please sign my petition. My hopes are for the opportunity to do some good in this world.


 While being locked up I have taken every opportunity available in training and classes to further educate and rehabilitate myself. I am more than ready to get a second chance at life. I have worked hard at becoming the best man that I can be in this situation, and I am a value to society. How many more years of my life should I be expected to give The United States of America toward our MODERN DAY SLAVERY LAWS? This has to change, so I’m committed to fighting for and being a part of this change.


Tyrone Clark