28 YEARS for Non-violent Drug Offense

28 YEARS for Non-violent Drug Offense

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Cody Johnson started this petition to South Carolina Department of Probation Parole and Pardon Services and

Pardon for Jason Johnson

In 2012 my brother Jason was sentenced by the York, South Carolina 16th Circuit Court to 28 years for 28 grams of unusable methamphetamine.  This is a non-violent drug conviction carrying a sentence that we as his friends and family believe is grossly disproportionate to the crime committed.  If not pardoned Jason will remain in State prison for nearly three decades.  In that time, his two children will have become adults, and Jason will be absent during some of the most important events in their lives, graduations, marriages and prospective grandchildren.

Jason is a victim of the opioid epidemic that has plagued our state for well over a decade.  People who are struggling with substance abuse must be helped.  Throwing them in prison for decades is not the solution.

Our goal is to draw attention to Jason's case with the Board of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.  An Order of Pardon must be signed by at least two-thirds of the members of the Board.  Upon a favorable consideration by the Board, the director of the DPPPS will issue a Pardon Certificate.

Although pardoning power is not granted to the governor, in this case, Gov. Henry McMaster, we seek to obtain the governor's attention towards Jason's case, as well as State Representative Mike Pitts who introduced Bill 3322 on Sentencing Reform.

By signing and sharing this petition, we intend to fast track the pardoning procedure.

On behalf of Jason, and his family, please, sign our petition, share it, and leave a message of support below.

For more information and to discover other ways to help Jason's pardoning efforts, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/Pardon-Jason-Johnson-112116710128707

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