Petition to President of the United States
Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website
My son, Ross Ulbricht, is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges and no criminal history. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where individual users chose what to list for sale. Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for dealing drugs himself but for a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. Ross’s investigation, trial and sentencing were rife with abuse. This includes corrupt federal investigators (now in prison) who were hidden from the jury, as well as prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations and reliance on unproven allegations at sentencing. Ross did not get a fair trial and his sentence was draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that Silk Road was a terrible mistake that he deeply regrets, that he never intended harm, and that he has learned the heavy price of breaking the law. Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man with much to contribute. The judge received 100 letters attesting to his excellent character and how much he has helped others. These include those in prison, where he has tutored, led classes, and generally helped fellow inmates. Keeping Ross caged for life helps no one; will cost taxpayers about $2 million; and deprives society of an exceptionally kind, generous and creative person. Even in the face of his walking death sentence, Ross clings to the hope of a second chance and dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to give to his community and society as a whole. Please sign this petition and help us bring Ross home. Learn more about Ross Ulbricht here.
Petition to Eric Holcomb
Ask Indiana Governor to Grant Clemency to My Brother Kofi M. Ajabu
My brother, Kofi M. Ajabu, now forty-four years old, has been imprisoned for over 23 years for murders he did not commit. We have exhausted all legal opportunities including appeals and are at the step of asking for clemency from the Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of Indiana. Your signature below says you support clemency for Kofi M. Ajabu. Shortly after turning 21, home in-between his sophomore and junior years of college, Kofi found himself at the scene of a gruesome crime. Thinking he and a couple of friends were going to smoke some weed, the day instead ended with three young people being murdered by one of the other co-defendants. Before trial, the prosecution offered Kofi a plea deal that would result in 20 years served. He refused to plead guilty to the murders because he had not killed anyone. He was convicted of all 10 felonies despite there being no forensic evidence to support his involvement in the murders. He was sentenced to life without parole. On appeal, the Supreme Court found that the prosecution had not proven Kofi had killed anyone, and as such, could not sentence him to life. In response, the judge did not vacate the murder conviction but instead changed the sentence to be 240 years. At this point, had Kofi taken the plea deal, he would have served the entire required time. Instead, because he would not confess to a crime he did not commit, he is faced with spending the rest of his life in prison - a punishment for exercising his right to a fair trial and for refusing to admit to murders he did not commit. He has made the best of his time in prison, becoming masterful at meditation, yoga and energy-balancing practices, developing conversational skill in five languages including Spanish, Twi, Putongua, Vietnamese and French, and earning his Bacheor’s degree in General Studies from Ball State University. Advocating for justice for my brother has become a two decade fight for our family -- one that in which we are now asking for your help with. Because clemency is a political decision, we need the Governor to know that there is support in the community for him to show forgiveness, mercy, and justice by granting Kofi clemency. Thank you in advance for your support,-Nzinga A. Harrison, M.D. on behalf of my brother Kofi and the rest of our family and friends
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Larry Kupers, Jared Kushner
Plea to Grant Clemency to Angela Jones serving a long sentence 09250-030
We do not heal in isolation, but in community, Please sign this petition and ask President Trump to grant Clemency to a loving mom,grandmother,sister,Aunt, cousin ,Partner and friend. Angie, my best friend is a 48 year old serving a long prison sentence for a non violent Meth drug offence in FCI Waseca Minneasota. She has served 11 years and has turned her life around. She is dearly loved by many and missed since incarceration in 2007, serving a long sentence for conspiracy to drug trafficking with an out date of 2034.A tragic casualty of our mass incarceration complex.She has missed the important years of her 2 children growing up and the births of her 5 grandchildren.Angie has been a resilient survivor of childhood traumas and has accepted responsibility for her actions and poor judgement.She has been an ideal prisoner.Has never been disciplined while incarcerated. She has remained drug free and is learning new things everyday working on computers learning Excel. She has strong relationships with family and friends and we all will open our hearts and arms to her upon release.It serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for so long.Sometimes our lives have to be completely shaken up,changed and rearranged to relocate us to the place we're meant to be.She is meant to be free.Signing this petition is a small act, but when multiplied by millions of people,can transform the world for deserving inmates, like Angie.In Angie's words: "I will no longer doubt how far I can go,I remember how far I have come.Everything that I have faced,all the battles I have won and all the fears I have overcome.My goal in life is to make a difference by using the words and knowledge in my head and the compassion in my heart." Help free Angie!
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump
Clemency for Craig Cesal - Serving Life Without Parole for Marijuana
Seventeen years ago, my dad, Craig Cesal, was arrested on a marijuana conspiracy case because he owned a trucking repair business. He would repair trucks that had been leased and used to smuggle pot. The trucks would be trashed after the marijuana was stripped from the secret compartments, and although it was obvious these trucks were being used to smuggle pot, my dad didn't think it was his business to report it. He had no criminal history whatsoever, but today, he is serving a life sentence without parole because he didn't take a plea bargain, went to trial, and was therefore held responsible for everything the kingpin and smugglers had done. They cut deals, testified against him and they are all free today. Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in nine states. And politicians like John Boehner are joining marijuana investment firms and plan to make millions of dollars while my dad rots in prison. His only chance at freedom is if President Trump commutes his sentence. My dad was a single, divorced, dad, and would tell my brother and I that if we got straight A's at school, we would go on a special trip, like Washington DC or Disneyland. It always worked. He would also make us wear T-shirts that said “I got straight A's and came to Disneyland.” He would also make us take photos with all the Disney characters. He loved to show everyone the photos of us with Disney characters when we got home. He was the best dad in the world and I don't see how his incarceration is serving any good purpose for our society. If President Trump does not commute my father's sentence, he will likely die in prison, especially since he has diabetes and has had medical complications and requirements that are not being properly met. Please sign my petition so I can be with my father. We want to make up for the time we have missed out on. You will end so much suffering if this petition succeeds in bringing him home. Lauren Cesal
Petition to President Donald Trump
Clemency for my son, Darrell Frazier.
My name is Joyce Johnson, the mother of federal prisoner,Darrell Frazier. The problem that I want to solve is that my son is serving a life sentence with no parole for a drug conspiracy. He has served 29 1/2 years thus far, which I believe he has paid his debt to society. I am putting up this petition support page to ask President Donald J Trump, to grant my son executive clemency to reduce my son's life sentence to time served and show him mercy. Since being incarcerated Darrell founded The Joe Johnson Tennis Foundation a non-profit foundation in 2010, which I (his mother) is CEO. The foundation itself teaches 100 to 200 children per week through summer camps at local recreation centers in Chattanooga, TN. It begins the first week in June through the first week of August. What an inspiration it would be to have my son tell his story as he teaches tennis to the children within the community. Clemency would give him the opportunity to take over as head of this foundation and help me his mother due to my recent disability. Clemency would also bring back cohesiveness within the family which has been lost due his incarceration. Now I want to ask all my family members and friends for support of this petition as well as my son's friends and associates to sign and support this petition as well. May God continue to bless everyone who signs this executive clemency support petition. Sincerely, Joyce Johnson - mother of Darrell Frazier
Petition to Governor Charlie Baker
Stop the misuse of A C C A which adds decades to prison sentences. Bring more parents home
The misuse of The Armed Career Criminal Act ripped my son away from his wife, children and mother. Because keeping beds full in prisons is "good business" .millions of families are destroyed that shouldn't be. The ACCA was meant for dangerous recidivist, not someone who made a couple of bad choices as a teen or young person. Tougher sentencing is designed to make Wall St. investors and corporate C.E.O.s wealthier, while single parent families struggle.
Petition to Ralph Northam
Together in solidarity asking to grant Clemency for Michael Gardner wrongfully convicted
My brother is currently incarcerated, serving a 53-year sentence for robbery. He has been imprisoned for the past 21 years, forcing him to spend the remainder of his adolescent years and much of his adulthood in captivity. In January of 1998, Michael was brought into the Norfolk County Police Department by two detectives. While at the station, Michael was subject to beatings, repeatedly tortured, and coerced into admitting his involvement in a string of robberies that he was not involved in. Michael cooperated with the detectives. He read and recited statements that had been presented to him by the detectives. Michael was told that he should make the statements sound as natural as possible in order to be given leniency.Because of this, Michael is requesting commutation. While being incarcerated, Michael has made many positive adjustments. He is the co-founder of Believe in Change, which is a foundation, and the co-author of a curriculum entitled Giving Girls a Voice. Also, Michael has been enrolled into several courses that would provide him with numerous certification, thus giving him many avenues of gaining employment upon his release. Currently, Michael is employed as a barber, which he enjoys. Once he is released, he plans to open his own business, where he will work as a barber, mentor troubled youth, and become more involved in his foundation.I pray that you can find it in your heart to forgive my brother and give him a second chance at life. Michael is capable of making positive contributions to society. Please sign this petition to help give Michael his second chance.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Clemency for Larry Hoover, Serving 6 Life Sentences for Non-Violent, Drug Related Offenses
Larry has spent over 2 decades in solitary confinement in ADX Supermax in Florence, Colorado. He is serving 6 life sentences for non violent drug related offenses. Before being sentenced to spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement, and with gang violence beginning to surge in Chicago and other inner cities, Larry, while serving time in Illinois State Prison, penned a manifesto called “The Blueprint” which was intended to eradicate gang violence from the streets and to steer those who were previously involved in such activities towards inner city growth and development. By steering folks towards civic engagement, it would aid in disposing these depressed areas of gang violence. Also, while still in Illinois State Prison, Larry organized “United in Peace” an anti-gang violence summit which was in direct response to an increase in gang violence in Chicago and other Mid-West cities. Larry’s new focus towards eradicating gang violence speaks directly to his efforts to not only rehabilitate himself, but to rehabilitate the inner cities. His God given gift for organization and leadership aided in the drop in gang violence in Chicago- a city that has historically been known for severe gang activity. Due to Larry’s efforts with United in Peace gang violence dropped precipitously and more people in Chicago were becoming actively engaged in local politics. Through his 21st Century Vote initiative, perhaps the most rigorous inner city get out the vote campaign his country has seen, candidates who received his endorsement were being competitive in political races across Chicago and in the Midwest. Once the federal government received notice of this work, they maliciously prosecuted him and the rest of 21st Century Vote in order to dismantle their efforts. Ultimately, through seemingly illegal wiretapping of unwitting prison visitors who came to see Larry, the federal government used this evidence to convict him of 6 life sentences all spent in severe isolation in the most secure prison in the world; robbing him of human contact. Since his federal conviction, he has been housed in the same unit as the Unabomber, Al Queda leadership and notorious serial killers. At ADX the Control Unit is the most secure and isolated unit currently in use. Prisoners in the Control Unit are isolated from the other prisoners at all times, even during recreation, for extended terms often lasting six years. Their only meaningful contact with other humans is with ADX staff members. Larry, for 19 years was housed in the Control Unit. The compliance of Control Unit prisoners with institutional rules is assessed monthly. A prisoner is given credit for serving a month of his Control Unit time only if he maintains clear conduct for the entire month. As mentioned above, Larry had clear conduct for 17 years straight, but was still resigned to spend ALL of that time in the Control Unit without being removed. It’s important to highlight that ADX Supermax tells its inmates that to be moved from this prison to a less restrictive unit and ultimately earn their way out of ADX, inmates must maintain clear conduct for a specific time- usually 36 months(as mentioned above, Larry had 17 straight years of clear conduct), participate in recommended programs and demonstrate a positive institutional adjustment. These 36 months consist of extreme isolation inside of a cell on an average of 23 hours a day, including during during meals. For these reasons, Larry presents a compelling and appropriate case for clemency and the ability to be removed during the process to a federal prison that provides him comfort as a senior citizen. With no parole in the federal system and no ability to make an appeal to be removed to a less severe prison where Larry can be closer to his family in Illinois, he has essentially been condemned to die under the threat of isolation and the inability to feel the human touch of his loved ones. Unless Larry is given mercy by the President, he will not be able to achieve these basic requests. Keeping Larry in ADX serves no practical purpose. He has shown that he can and is more than willing to help clean up Chicago and other inner cities. To keep him from this meaningful work would only be a negative. Furthermore, to keep him housed in ADX will only continue to waste taxpayer money. Larry has more than paid his debt to society by serving the past 2 decade’s years of his life in isolation laboring under the dark cloud of dying there.