Clemency for Danielle Metz serving life without parole!
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I was 3 years old when my mother, Danielle Metz, was arrested, tried and convicted for drug conspiracy. My brother, Carl Jr. was 7 when our world came crashing down because we lost both our parents to the drug war. I am now 26 years old, married and want to have a child of my own, but I can’t imagine raising my child without my mother being close, to dote over her grand baby.
Our mom received a life sentence for a first-time drug offense in 1993 due to the actions of her co-defendants because the conspiracy law holds each participant responsible for the actions of other co-conspirators, including the ring leader. My mother knows she messed up by playing any role in my father’s drug dealings, but she doesn’t deserve to die in prison. She is a good person who was never in any trouble.
The drug laws of the 80s and 90s are no longer enforced the way they were back when my mother was arrested, but we can’t change the past. We can only change the future. President Obama has been commuting prisoners with life sentences like my mother received because he understands the flaw with the 100 to 1 ratio for crack cocaine that was applied disproportionally against people of color. Sadly, changes to the law have not benefited my mom. We need your help to raise awareness to my mother's case so she won’t be overlooked among thousands of applicants seeking justice through clemency.
Kenneth Polite, the U.S. Attorney over the district where my mom was prosecuted even wrote a letter supporting her clemency and stated, "Ms. Metz has now spent almost half her life in prison and we do not believe that she merits spending the rest of her life in prison. Nor do we believe that she poses any meaningful risk to public safety. Accordingly, my office supports President Obama granting Ms. Metz's application for a commutation of sentence."
While incarcerated, my mom has completed every course the Bureau of Prisons has to offer. She can't program any more than she already has. We only have a few months before President Obama leaves office and possibly the most heartbreaking aspect of all this is the pain my grandmother endures while she waits for my mom to come home.
She consented to Dialysis Treatment only because she believes my mom will be on the next clemency list only to be devastated, time and time again. She wants to go grocery shopping with my mom and eat a delicious cajun Sunday dinner together. She wants President Obama to know this is the only year (2016) she has ever missed visiting her in Dublin, CA and she is waiting to see Danielle walk through the door of her home, that she grew up in. No one knows when God will call her home and I will not be able to live with myself if I don't do everything in my power to bring my mother home and bring peace of mind and heart to grandmother before it's too late.
Danielle is #2 on the CAN-DO Top 25 women who deserve clemency. Please sign and share with your friends so we can turn the corner and replace the sadness with joy. We yearn to be among the many families that are celebrating such wonderful news due to President Obama's mercy and generosity.
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