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Clemency

271 petitions

Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Tom Wolf, Daylin Leach, Stewart Greenleaf, Christine Tartaglione, Donald White

Grant Clemency For George Trudel. 29+ Years Is Long Enough. Bring Him Home To His Family.

  George Trudel, Inmate # AS-2262, is currently serving his 29th year at SCI Graterford. George was sentenced to death by incarceration ( Life without Parole) for being present at the scene of a murder he did not commit, on the night of November 14, 1986. The murderer, Robert " Bobby" Barrett served only a 7 year sentence and was released.   George Trudel is an accomplished honor student and college graduate, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012. He has received academic and community support, with recommendations for clemency by highly respected Professors from Villanova University, including: Ronald Paul Hill, Ph.D, James Wetzel, and Joseph Betz, Ph.D. Also, a recommendation for clemency from West Chester University, Dr. Brian F. O'Neill.   George Trudel has been a model prisoner since the first day of his incarceration over 29 years ago. Please support this petition, so George may be granted clemency and be released into the loving arms of his family, who have suffered along with him for three decades. The biggest devastation for George, his Mother, and his sister to endure, was watching George's grandmother, Sophie N. Martin ( Lovingly referred to as Gram) work tirelessly for years up until her death, to free George from prison, never getting to see him released.  George Trudel, if granted clemency, will succeed and make a positive difference in society. Please know in your heart, that if you sign this petition, you will participate in freeing a good, decent, loving, kind, and completely rehabilitated man. It is time for George Trudel to come home now. CONTACT GOVERNOR TOM WOLF- email: govcorrespcrm@pa.govPhone: (717) 787-2500/ Fax: (717) 772-8284Let him know about George Trudel, send him this petition through email. Tell him to grant him Clemency through his Commutation file. George Trudel Inmate # AS-2262 SCI Graterford.  

E. Geyer
597 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

A Pardon for David and Natalie DePriest (Sentenced to 22 years & 15 years for Marijuana!)

On August 25, 2011, my brother David DePriest and myself were arrested after a warrantless search and seizure of the townhouse that we leased (Later, the judge ruled the search to be acceptable due to a possible "imminent threat"). A maintenance man had entered the property without notice to change a fire extinguisher, and discovered 12 marijuana plants and about a pound of marijuana in a bedroom closet. He called the police and allowed them into the property.  We were not home. My brother and I are both college educated and hard working people. Neither of us had ever been in trouble in our lives. We had never harmed anyone or sold marijuana to anyone. However, because of the amount of marijuana found, we were charged with 2 class B felonies of Possession with Intent to Distribute & Manufacturing a Controlled Substance. There was also a third charge of Possession of an Illegal Weapon. (My brother is former military, and a Licensed/Certified Gunsmith). They claimed he had a rifle with a barrel that was 1/4" too short. I have never touched a gun in my life. After fighting the charges for two years, we made the terrible decision of pleading guilty. It's hard to describe what you go through in a situation like this. But, the state has a lot of power and you feel backed into a corner. We decided to plead guilty and request probation, since we were first time non-violent offenders. That is not what happened. My brother received a sentence of 22 years. I received a sentence of 15 years. After 4 years in prison, I was released on parole on Friday, May 19, 2017. My brother is still behind bars. He is scheduled for release in fall of 2018. All of this for a plant. Since pleading guilty and being incarcerated, both of us filed a Form 40 appeal for post-conviction relief based on ineffective assistance of counsel. In 2015, the Eastern District Court of Appeals unanimously vacated our guilty pleas and sentences, and ordered the St. Francois County court to either re-negotiate a plea deal or allow us to take our cases to trial. The prosecution appealed that decision to the Missouri Supreme Court. In 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court sent our cases back to St. Francois County for an evidentiary hearing in the case. In other words, we are looking at years and years of more court appearances. At any time, the prosecutor could avoid this court battle and re-negotiate a plea deal with lower sentences.  At this time, he refuses to do so . Therefore, my brother remains in a Missouri Prison and I remain on parole. We are asking that Governor Eric Greitens grant us each a pardon, so my brother can be released from prison and we can both go back to our lives and return to being productive members of society. Missouri has an extremely high prison population. The majority are non-violent drug offenders. We believe no one should be in prison for a plant. It is time to end prohibition. It is important to note, that over half of the states have legalized medical marijuana, and 8 states have legalized recreational marijuana. We believe the sentences we received were too harsh. Please sign this petition, so we can ask Governor Greitens for a pardon, and my brother can come home.    

Natalie DePriest
420 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to John Hickenlooper, Alan Loeb, Catherine P. Adkisson

Release Rene Lima-Marin

My husband Rene Michael Lima-Marin was incarcerated in 1998 at the age of 19 and served 10 years of his 16 year sentence for robbery in which he used an unloaded gun and no one was hurt. He was released in 2008 and placed on parole which he successfully completed in 2013. But in January 2014 it was determined that a clerical error had been made and he was sent back to prison for an additional 90 years.   During his six years of freedom, Rene strived to be a productive member of society.  He had been rehabilitated and took full advantage of this second chance; we had a child, purchased a home, and got married. He coached his step-son’s soccer team, mentored other youth to stay out of trouble, and maintained full time employment so he could support our family. To take him away from our family and lock him up for the rest of his life is unjust. I certainly do not want to make light of the mistakes that Rene made as a teenager but I do call into question the life sentence Rene and our family faces. Does a man that was formally released from the penal system, met all the conditions of this release, and turned his life around deserve this type of justice? Are we as a society really willing to accept that a clerical error is enough justification to rip apart a family?   Rehabilitate means to help re-adapt, as to a former state of health or good repute. The entire penal system was created to rehabilitate and restore individuals to be productive members of society.   Please sign my petition asking Attorney General John Suthers, Arapahoe County Chief Judge William Blair Sylvester, and Colorado Appeals Chief Judge Alan Loeb to release Rene from this unjust sentencing. I ask for this so he may return home where he can continue to be a tax paying model employee, an engaged and loving father and a supportive husband.

Jasmine Lima-Marin
285,829 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Donald Trump

A nonviolent drug offense with a federal life sentence. Clemency for Stevie Jackson

Hello, My name is Misty Smith and this is a petition to help with an appeal for the father of my children Stevie Jackson. May 13, 2017 marked our 20 year wedding anniversary. How we celebrated it? With a 15 minute monitored phone call. The last time my kids hugged their father was 2006. He has been incarcerated since then. Our daughter had just turned 6 years old, she is now 18 and graduating from high school. Stevie was sentenced to life in federal prison under an old law. Since he has been incarcerated that law has been removed but at the time of his sentencing that law was still in affect. Which means he is never coming home for a nonviolent crime..that's why I'm asking for signatures to present for possible clemency. We have 3 kids together who are now adults and want more than anything to have their father home. It has been extremely hard on them. Our oldest is 22 he is in college going for his Doctrate in education. Our middle son is 20 also in college he is a  History major and an amazing basketball player. His dad has never seen him play. Our daughter is 18 in her last year of high school heading to UT Austin to eventually obtain her Doctrate in psychiatry. As for me I've been a single parent for over 12 years but I never let that stop me from raising our kids the way we both planned. Stevie was convicted under an old law that sentenced him to life in prison. He did have prior convictions but nothing could have prepared us for this. At first I was extremely bitter and angry about him being gone sentenced to life in a federal prison. I still can't wrap my head around it.  So upset that our children would be another statistic with a single mother. But our prayers and love for him have kept us strong and with God being our strength all 3 of our children have been productive members of society beating the odds and getting educated. Over the years Stevie has had plenty of time to think and reflect. He has obtained several certificates and is now working on a culinary trade. He has been teaching ceramics and doing so well staying so positive.  I cry as I think of how much he has missed out and by no means am I wanting any pitty.  All I know is he has paid the ultimate price by missing out on all 3 of his children's childhood and I hope and pray that someone have mercy on us and God blesses him with clemency. No amount of prison time can ever replace missed basketball games, prom, graduation, father and son time or missing our only daughters father-daughter dance. Please help us and sign our petition. To over turn his conviction under an unjust unreasonable law that no longer exist. No one that has been sentenced under a nonviolent crime should be incarcerated for life. Murderers and child molesters should be doing life in prison. Please help us. If you have any question for me or can give me any advise of what other steps we can take to bring Stevie home to us, please send me a message. Thank you for your support and prayers.  Email:mmichelles0277@gmail.com

Misty Smith
458 supporters