"Support Release for 63 yr old Jack Allen...20 yrs incarcerated--Freedom is deserved!

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Jack is now 63 yrs old and has been incarcerated for 20 years--He has been a Model Inmate---it's time he gets the freedom he deserves from this Unjust Life Sentence!!

There are numerous petitions that have some excellent reasons to warrant attention. Some are sensationalized, and garner huge Public Outcries, and National attention. Is this one of those? No. After 20 years in prison and serving a Life Sentence; we are merely trying to bring to light, anyone who will recognize, that this is a petition that is centered on the facts of a case that Denial of Due Process and Equal Protection under the Law obviously occurred. Shouldn't these types of Denial of Due Process be worthy of attention as well? Especially those that DO NOT WARRANT A LIFE SENTENCE! After reading the following facts, please sign the petition and help us right these wrongs. Wouldn’t you want that chance if it were you or a loved one? 

On May 15, 1997 , Jack was for possession of Marijuana and Suspicion of Burglary. After being questioned for several hours, he was UN-arrested for the Burglary charges, something a Florida Law states is impossibility, yet happened. This was predicated on the fact that he DID NOT match the description that was provided by the homeowner; he was charged for possession of marijuana ( a minute amount) and released. 

These are just some of the advert or inadvertent errors, deficiencies or mistakes in Jack’s case. Over the years we have been misled, deceived and flat out lied to and have had our hopes and dreams crushed time and again.

A capias warrant (capias requested on November 20, 1997) for Jack’s re-arrest was requested after this time period had expired, nullifying the State’s ability to prosecute, as noted by the Public Defender at the conflict of interest hearing. Pursuant to Florida Law, the State has 175 days to begin prosecution of non-capital felonies, upon expiration of this time period; the State has a recapture period of 10 days (Fla.R.Crim.P.3.190 Speedy Trial Rule); However, contrary to Florida’s Law, and in Violation of Jack’s Due Process Rights, the case was prosecuted past the expiration of the Speedy Trial Rule; 14 months after the initial arrest, and somehow, the case number had been changed from 1997 to a 1998 case number. This case should have been dismissed yet Jack now sits in prison  with a Life Sentence.

During Trial, it was also revealed by the testimony of a lead Detective in the case, that the fourteen (14) latent prints they found, not belonging to the homeowner, NONE OF THEM MATCHED JACKS! Jack WAS NEVER identified by the homeowner as the perpetrator, yet the perpetrator was mere feet away during the crime and while face to face in Trial court. 

During Trial DNA evidence, consisting of hair samples, taken twice, results showed it DID NOT MATCH Jack’s. However, the DNA evidence was never submitted to the court during the trial. This evidence that could have exonerated him was left out!

During Trial, Jack was presented to the jurors hand-cuffed, chained and shackled by defense counsel on two occasions. Due process right to a fair Trial was violated; The use of visible physical restraints such as shackles in front of a jury, may unfairly prejudice a jury and undermines the presumption of innocence and “affronts the dignity and decorum of judicial proceedings.

At sentencing the State introduced as a predicate felony, a Community Control violation, which prior to October 1998, could not be used to Habitualize an Offender. At the time of sentencing, a life sentence in Florida requires more than 365 points. Jack  had 102 points, 74 of those points were for this charge.

During Jack’s Evidentiary Hearing for the Speedy Trial Violation, Hearing Counsel failed to aggressively argue the Speedy Trial Violation, due to a possible conflict of interest within the Public Defender’s Office.

Jack continues to be a model inmate, he is a mentor, teaches fellowship and is known to always be active in helping others. Through his years of incarceration, he has taken advantage of all courses available to him. He has sought out any and all vocational, educational, technical, rehabilitation and spiritual classes and continues to do so. He is currently in the process of achieving his Bachelors degree. Jack has always believed education is an essential key factor for virtually all areas of life. Listed Below are some of what he has accomplished while he was incarcerated.

Associates Degree in Religious/Biblical Studies (3.9 GPA)  

Faith Base program-Current                        
Writer, Editorial Columnist & Editor for the Graceville Prison Gazette (3 yrs).
Certified Data Entry Operator
Certified Carpenter
Certified P.C Support Technician
Certified Digital Designer
Completed 12 steps of Jesus drug tier program
Inside Speaker NA/AA
Completed thinking for a chance
Completed Life Skills Course
Completed Texas Christian University Faith Based Program
Completed Criminon Course as a stellar student
Completed Cognitive Skills class and was a student teacher
Completed Two Extensive Bible Courses(received Certificate & Bibles) 
Attended Kairos as a candidate and served as a cha-cha
Secretary Veterans Group
V.P Veterans Group
Coach Veterans Group Softball Team
Captain  Honor Guard Veterans Group
Originator & 1st Editor “Forward Observer” Veterans Newspaper
Elected Elder 4 Times for Graceville Messianic Fellowship (8yrs)
Head of the House/Senior Elder at GCF
Guest Writer “Continuum Of Care” (GCF) Newspaper
One-on-One Counselor to troubled Inmates for the past 20 years.

 Jack has never claimed he was pure as driven snow and admits he has made bad choices in the past.  Not a day goes by that he isn’t wholeheartedly repentant, especially for those he affected.  Over the past 20 yrs Jack has proven to be a model inmate and continues to strive with a positive outlook for his future as well as his family.  Jacks ultimate goal, and with all his best intentions, motivation, education, and determination, would like to move forward from this incarceration, enter society and prove to be a positive role model, continue to help and serve others by mentoring and teaching fellowship, and to come home to his family where he belongs!

After 20 years of imprisonment, 63 yrs old with numerous health issues,  further incarceration is Unjust. Please don't let this Life Sentence turn into a death sentence and dictate his fate, please join our petition, by signing and sharing it with friends. Thank you in advance for your support.

We respectfully request release from this life sentence to allow him the opportunity to prove himself worthy and come home to his family who desperately need him.

Please also sign and share this petition to Support FL SB 1744-Conditional Release Program!! Reenact Parole for Those Who Deserve it!  https://www.change.org/p/support-florida-sb-1744-controlled-release-for-life-sentences-end-death-by-incarceration-please-help-to-give-a-second-chance-to-those-who-deserve-them



Sincerely & God Bless, Karen Michalak & Kristin Allen




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