Clemency for Prisoners Serving LIFE SENTENCES for Marijuana
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We the undersigned respectfully ask that the President consider granting clemency to all nonviolent offenders serving Life Without Parole or De-Facto Life Sentences (defined as 25 years or more) for nonviolent marijuana offenses. Most prisoners serving LIFE SENTENCES for MARIJUANA exercised their sixth amendment right to a trial by jury and received significant sentencing enhancements as a result. Most were convicted of conspiracy, based only on the testimony of informants and cooperating witnesses seeking to reduce their own sentences.
We believe it both fiscally and morally irresponsible to condemn any marijuana offender to die behind bars for a nonviolent offense. Reasonable parameters, such as 10 years served or advanced age, can be implemented in order to qualify marijuana lifers for commutation.
We urge the President to use his power to grant clemency and show compassion to these prisoners and their families by offering them a second chance at returning to life as productive members of society.
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