Clemency for Melissa Trigg

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Melissa is my daughter.  I lost her to drug addiction and a few years later, lost her to prison. Melissa has been incarcerated in the Federal Prison System for ten years now. She pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and was given a mandatory 15 years.  Sadly, she became horribly addicted to meth. 

Treatment for her addiction would have been far more effective for a first time offender versus imprisonment for 15 years. At her sentencing, the judge was empathetic to her addiction even commenting: “her hands were tied, and she had no latitude," because of mandatory minimum sentencing.

Mielissa was a beautiful little girl who loved life and living on the small farm we had just north of Kansas City. She loved to ride and her favorite horse was an appaloosa, named Clown. She was athletic and highly competitive. In high school she set every record for both individual and relay teams, and medaled 3 years in a row at the Missouri State Track meet. Her senior year she received a track scholarship to Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

That’s when things took a turn for the worse. She left college, and married in 1995, then gave birth to her son Bradley in 1996. Eventually, she left her abusive husband.  After that, her addiction to drugs took over. She gravitated toward men who involved drugs, due to her addiction.  This way of life eventually led to her arrest on the conspiracy charges.

Melissa has accomplished a lot during the 10 years she has been incarcerated. She started a program to help herself and other inmates become physically fit, by introducing Aerobics, Weightlifting, and Weight Loss programs. Her fitness and weight loss programs have contributed significantly to their self-esteem and physical well-being. Self-esteem is in short supply for most female prisoners.

Here’s a quote from her prison Case Manager. “Ms. Trigg has demonstrated an attitude not common in a correctional setting. Her desire to learn from her own experiences has motivated her to help transform other women into being the best they can be. She has done this through teaching her classes and encouraging women to achieve their dreams.”

Ten years is a long time when you’re a woman with a child on the outside. She’s a good, beautiful woman now and needs to be home. More time in prison, is not the answer. Let’s put the good people back in society and make Justice “Just” again.

Please sign this petition and help reunite my daughter with her son and extended family.  We miss her so much.