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Clemency

266 petitions

Update posted 10 hours ago

Petition to Barack Obama, Robert Zauzmer

Clemency for Clarissa Burgoon

Clarissa Burgoon is my childhood best friend and is currently serving a 20 year sentence for "conspiracy to commit money laundering," because her ex-boyfriend of 10 years was selling drugs and she "benefited from the money." Her money laundering charge was only for $8,034, but the accounts where all in Clarissa's name. Her attorney advised her she would probably do two years yet she received the maximum 20 year sentence. She never sold any drugs but there where 11 people who, in exchange for reductions in their own sentences, testified that she knew drugs were being sold. This included one man she had never even met. Clarissa has served over 8 years, with clear conduct, and fully accepted responsibility for her actions. She even believes prison forced her to take a hard look at what she was doing, and who she had become. She recognizes that she is responsible for her current situation. She also knows she can only change her future, not her past.  Clarissa desperately wants to reunite with her two beautiful children who lost both their parents to the justice system. From behind bars she sees her kids once every two years. Her sister is battling cancer, and her daughter has had two surgeries because of Turner syndrome. Her kids where separated and only see each other once a year. Not being there for her family and leaving her kids without parents has been the worst punishment imaginable.  While in prison she has worked at UNICOR (prison work program) her entire time in prison and worked her way up to manager at the "Cut and Sew" factory. She makes $1.15 per hour and recently received a certificate of excellence for her work. She has never received a disciplinary write up for any infraction and has completed drug, parenting, and accounting classes to help prepare her for a new life.   Please sign this petition asking President Obama to grant clemency to Clarissa Burgoon. She has served enough time and has a strong desire to help keep others from going down the path she went down. Her family is hopeful that President Obama will commute her sentence because if he does not, she will remain in prison until November 30, 2025.  You can read more about Clarissa's case on the CAN-DO website 

Theresa Magee
20,432 supporters
Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to Barack Obama, Sheila Jackson Lee, Robert A Zauzmer

Grant Clemency To My Son Edwin Walter Rubis, 480 months for marijuana is not justice.

My son, Edwin Walter Rubis, is serving a federal sentence of 40 years for a nonviolent marijuana offense. He was sentenced in Houston, Texas, where statistics have shown that harsh sentences are more often given to minorities. He has been in prison since 1998, and has served as a model inmate for all of those 18 years. It is time for him to get a second chance at life. At the age of 19, Edwin began to battle drug addiction and began to get into trouble with the law. Over the course of his drug addiction we sought him help to get his life in order but to no avail.  At the age of 29, he was slapped with this offense, and we discovered that when a family can’t afford to hire a competent independent attorney, their chances at justice are very slim. Edwin was appointed a lawyer for “indigent defendants,”, and he was immediately advised to give the court information on other drug offenders he knew. Edwin truly did not have the information they were looking for, so he was quickly deemed “uncooperative” and the trial judge gave him a particularly harsh sentence -- 40 years. He has been in prison ever since. He has served 18 years for a nonviolent marijuana offense. Even if he had been fairly represented and his trial hadn’t been weighed against him,18 years is sufficient for this crime. Please sign our petition asking President Obama to grant our son clemency, Edwin Rubis, so he may have a second chance at life. Edwin has been working hard to make his time in prison productive. He has certificates of completion from the psychology and religious departments. He completed a 2-year apprenticeship to be a dental assistant in the medical department. He is active in personal spiritual studies, and is seen as a mentor by his peers for both spiritual and personal character. In fact, a pastor at a rehabilitation program in Florida has said that he has a job opening available for him upon his release. Sadly, we have exhausted all legal avenues in our search for justice for Edwin. I am pleading for him to receive a presidential clemency so that he can continue his rehabilitative work and efforts to help young men deal with situations similar to those he faced during his younger years on the streets. He wants to further his education and help others out of the justice penal system. Please sign this petition urging President Obama to grant my son, Edwin Walter Rubis, clemency. He has been rehabilitated, and he deserves a second chance. Sincerely, Maria Alicia Roque  

Jeremy Malone
137,787 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Indiana Governor, Mike Pence

Pardon an innocent man

Vice presidential candidate and Indiana Governor Mike Pence has the ability to give an innocent man his life back. In 1997, Keith Cooper was wrongly accused and convicted of a crime he did not commit. He was sentenced to 40 years for a horrible robbery, but it later became apparent a miscarriage of justice had occurred. A jailhouse informant against Cooper recanted his testimony and a DNA test on a hat recovered at the scene of the crime matched a different man serving time for a 2002 murder. Even the robbery victims, pushed by an investigator to identify Cooper, have said that they misidentified him. In 2006, as the case against Cooper began to fall apart, he was offered a deal to get out of prison. He could be retried, waiting for his trial while still in prison, or he could be released with time served, though with his conviction still on his record. Having heard that his family was living in a homeless shelter, Cooper took the deal. He has been released from prison. Because Cooper hasn’t received a pardon, he is still listed as a convicted felon. An innocent man still has to suffer the loss of many rights because he has not been pardoned. Keith Cooper struggles to find good work to support his family, and cannot get the compensation he deserves for the wrongful conviction. Both the Indiana Parole Board and the prosecutor of the case against him have recommended a full pardon for Keith Cooper. A full pardon is the only way to right this wrong. Indiana Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence has had a request for Cooper's pardon since March 2014. Please tell him to grant the pardon now.

Jack Heller
113,015 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to President of the United States, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Bruce Rauner

Clemency for Jermaine Brown serving 28 years

Jermaine Brown is my husband and he is currently housed in a prison by the name of Dixon Correctional Center located in Dixon Illinois. He is serving a sentence of 25 years at 100% for a wrongful conviction of 1st degree murder. The actual nature of the case should have been self-defensedue to the nature of the situation. As of today he has been in prison for 14 years and continues to fight constantly for his freedom, even after being unsuccessful in the appeal process. Due to the support of family he remains strong minded, and grounded with love. He is not only just trying to get home to his family but his 14 year old daughter who is in the same situation he once was and that is growing up without both her parents seeing as how her mother has died, and then her grandmother passed as well. His biggest objection is to come home and be a father, a husband, and an advocate for "At Risk Youth".      This is what he wrote me to put in his petition. : Please join in this effort and ask Our President to show me grace and mercy by commuting my sentence. I'm ready to prove to my family, myself and society that I deserve this opportunity. Since being in prison I have had time to reflect and am aware of the many problems that many of us in urban communities face like the one I myself was raised in which had a negative influence on me as a child. I grew up with a mentally  ill mother and never knew my father. Not to mention being surrounded by gangs, drugs, violence, etc that awaited outside my grandmother's front door. It eventually got the best of me and I became an at risk youth and stayed that way for years which in 2002 took me away from the life I once knew.  Since incarceration I have dug deep into studying self because only we hold the answers to who we are. This knowledge came from books, the type you have to look hard for. The truth is not always easy to obtain and when found the owners aren't usually willing to share them. Not because they don't want to share but because all minds can't handle or aren't mature enough to understand the contents. I was blessed enough to have come to prison with an outlook to get as much from this journey as I could, and I've stuck to that outlook. I am now blessed to say that I truly know who I am, where I've come from, why I've done this and that, and most importantly where I am headed. Prison can change a person if one is open to it and stare change in the eyes. I am not the 19 year old young man I was in 2002. However, I am aware that it isn't about talking, it's more about action and action is what I am now in the process of unfolding to the free world when I'm finally released. For years I have relied on ill equipped systems to fight for my freedom; over worked court appointed attorneys, fake jail-house lawyers, and out of date prison law books. All tools systematically designed to prevent people like me from obtaining freedom. Recently I realized that my fight for freedom shouldn't be fought from only the inside but the outside as well, which is precisely why I am reaching out to you through Change.org I am preparing what is called an Executive Clemency to the current Illinois Governor requesting a commutation of my sentence (an early release). However, such a task is not achievable without outside assistance. Therefore, I am asking for your signatures to be added to my petition. This petition with your signatures will be added to the filing of my clemency once completed, and will increase my chances of success that will ultimately result of returning home to my family as a new man with increased knowledge of the meaning of life and what life isn't about. My plans once free are endless but all are positive. One plan is more dear to me then others and that is to work with urban youth to introduce them to are, poetry, and music as tools for self-expression I'm aware (from self experience) that so many children go about life holding their true feelings in leaving them with no positive outlets of self-expression which often leads to negative, harmful, and violent behavior and results in over-crowded prisons, early pregnancies, S.T.D's, drugs, and separation of families. The fact remains that the youth that grow up in poverty and crime ridden communities are all "at risk youth". There was a time when the term "at risk youth" meant children with parent(s) in prison, on drugs, or absent, but now the term is defined more vastly. Bullets kill our youth, drugs kill our youth, the lack of education kill our youth, disease kill our youth and the list goes on. The fact remains is that our youth are at risk. Teaching them to express themselves gives them not only an outlet but a voice as well. A voice that matters and gives them a platform to deliver their message. Had I been in tune with a positive outlet over seen by those that cared if I made it or not I believe I would not be in prison. Things happen for a reason and I'm okay with that, my journey continues to take unexpected turns but now I realize that I have more control then I thought. With my fight for freedom now on the outside battlefield and with your signatures of support I have high hopes that some time sooner than later I will be spreading my wings when I'm free from this small cage from which I write. Thank you for taking the time to read this in it's entirety. 

JASMINE GULLEY BROWN
192 supporters