President Trump: Please Grant Clemency to my mom Patricia Cooney
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My mom Patricia Cooney is a first time nonviolent drug offender originally sentenced to 100 years. She has served over 18 years and after sentence reductions still has 14 years left to serve.
At 65-years-old my mom is gravely ill. Due to years in prison without competent medical care and treatment, her health has continued to decline. She has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, chronic anemia, hyperthyroidism. This year she was diagnosed with Lupus, a chronic and deadly disease, and doctors found two spots on her brain. She lives in constant pain. When I visit her she tells me about her sleepless nights, numb hands that swell and change colors, drastic temperature changes, irregular balance, tooth loss, and dramatic weight loss. These noticeable physical changes terrify us both.
Clearly, my mom poses no threat to society. She has served more than enough time for a drug offense. But the only way she can leave prison before 2032 is if President Trump commutes her sentence.
My mother received two sentences which are unfairly running consecutively. If they were running concurrently and with her being a model inmate she would have been released well over a year ago! And unfortunately, without explanation, she did not receive a sentence commutation by President Obama despite meeting all of the criteria.
There’s no doubt that my mom made mistakes by getting involved with cocaine. But that was nearly 20 years ago. During her time in prison she has completed more than 57 education and development courses. She creates beautiful crafts using crocheting, needlepoint, and knitting. And she has always helped prison newcomers adjust and makes sure they have their necessities.
If granted clemency by President Trump, my mother already has a concrete plan. After obtaining proper medical treatment for herself for several diagnosed conditions, she hopes to create a program to help children of incarcerated parents. She know her own experience puts her in a good position to understand and empathize with these children and what they are going through.
Please sign my petition asking President Trump to grant my sick mother clemency.
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