Petition to Donald Trump
Grant Clemency to Alice Marie Johnson Serving a Life Sentence
My mother, Alice Marie Johnson is a 62-year-old grandmother serving life without parole for a first time nonviolent drug offense. She has been in prison 21 years and will die there unless President Trump grants her clemency. My family’s life changed forever when my she was sentenced to life in federal prison. She was one of thousands of first time, nonviolent offenders who were given long mandatory prison terms. She had lost her job and was given a chance to make money by helping someone sell cocaine. “I couldn’t find a job fast enough to take care of my family. I felt like a failure. I went to a complete panic and out of desperation I made one of the worst decisions of my life to make some quick money. I became involved in a drug conspiracy.” My mother has accepted full responsibility for her actions and used that experience to better her life and the lives of others. Since being incarcerated she has been a model prisoner who mentors women and has become an ordained minister. She has also written, directed, and produced several plays and writings for conferences outside of prison walls, choreographed dance teams, and completed many classes and certifications. Her supporters include Congressman Steve Cohen (D) Tennessee, Congressman Bennie Thompson (D) Mississippi, and Congressman Marc Veasey (D) Ft. Worth, Texas. Recently, her case caught the attention of Kim Kardashian West who has been advocating to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner that President Trump consider her for clemency. My mom's desire upon release is to assist the community with the needs of ex-offenders to help reduce recidivism. Alice is the mother of 4 children and has 4 grandchildren. It serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for life. Her large and loving immediate and extended family and friends would welcome her return. Please sign this petition and ask President Trump to grant clemency to a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who wants to use her experience to assist others and give back to her community. Learn more about Alice Johnson here.
Petition to Bruce Rauner, Illinois Prisoner Review Board
Clemency for 14 year old sentenced in 2007 to 25 years, serving a mandatory time of 100%.
What were you doing at the age of 14? Now imagine facing a 25 year to life prison sentence at this age? Do you feel a split second should determine your whole life? And are you the same person now that you were then? This was the case for one young man 10 years ago, a child being punished as an adult. In 2007 Brian Harrington Jr. was 14 years old when he found himself in an inexplicable situation with the law for the first time in his life. An older relative of Brian had set up a gun sale with another young man, who he had brought into the neighborhood where Brian resided. On this day a split second changed the lives of those involved forever; ultimately the unfortunate loss of a life and the imprisonment of Brian. In the process of the sale, the gun was handed to Brian by an 18 year old relative, and without the knowledge that the gun was loaded, Brian reached in to display the gun. In this moment the buyer attempted to drive away. Brian's instinctive reaction to pull back from a moving vehicle caused the gun to discharge. This was the moment that changed everything. Later Brian would be in custody along with the others involved. He was facing involuntary manslaughter charges in juvenile court. Brian was interrogated without representation or even the presence of a legal guardian. He was told he was lying, this was not an accident, and the goal was to rob the young man. The three other young men also involved were all questioned and had consistent stories of a gun deal and the accidental discharge of the gun. Subsequently police offered all the young men the option to admit to a robbery, thereby promising leniency in their sentencing in return placing all fault on Brian, they complied. Brian however, maintained all along that it was an accident and thereby being the only one refusing to change his statement to suit the desired narrative of the detectives, he thus became the target of a felony murder charge. Brian was transferred to adult court and tried as an adult. At 14 years old Brian was sentenced under the same previsions and guidelines as an adult would if found in the same situation. Facing a 25 to a life sentence, Brian took a plea of 25 years and was placed under Illinois's Truth in Sentencing law. This TIS is a mandatory 100% time given by the court to be served, no possibility of parole. Now 10 years in to his sentence, Brian still thinks of the young man and his family. He wishes the best for them, and would hope for them to know he never intentionally meant to hurt anyone. Brian has seen 7 different facilities, and has made the decision to make the best out of his situation and self educate. He has achieved his G.E.D, he received his Associate Degree with honors, studies law, active in the basketball team and coaches the baseball team, is an extremely talented portrait artist and writer, and works within the facility as an art instructor. Our goal is to have his sentence revisited and clemency granted by the governor of Illinois, in hopes of bringing Brian home sooner. If Brian receives no relief he will return to the world as a 40 year old man after completing his entire sentence for something that was ultimately an accident, 14-40? By bringing attention to this inequity, and with your support we hope to reach our goal. Thank you. Instagram: @kingmoosaproject Facebook: King Moosa Project
Petition to 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 Donald J. Trump, Lawrence Kupers
Clemency For Johnny Jackson "A Second Chance"
My husband, Johnny Jackson, is serving a 100-year sentence for a non-violent drug offense. The sentence was imposed as a substitute for a life sentence, which was based primarily on very controversial sentencing guidelines that the court interpreted as mandatory. However, a life sentence was not required, and in Johnny’s case such a sentence was never just or fair. Johnny had never been to prison before this and has absolutely no history of violence. He was barely 17 years old when he was introduced to a negative lifestyle involving drugs, and his drug crimes ceased when he was about 23, in 1995. He wasn’t actually tried for those crimes until 2000 because for much of this time he was hiding. Johnny accepts full responsibility for this and for the drug offenses themselves. He is truly remorseful for any harm he has caused to his community, family, and those affected by his unwise decisions. He has expressed this in heartfelt letters to family, friends, and community leaders as well as the President and the Justice Department. During the 17 years that he has spent incarcerated, he has taken a huge initiative to better himself as a man furthering his education by completing over 50 educational courses ranging from G.E.D. to adult continuing education (ACE) and college courses (e.g. Marketing, Bookkeeping, Building Trades, Computer Literacy, Parenting, etc.). He is proud of his accomplishments while engaging in programs which addressed issues of drug addiction, mental illness, and criminality, through challenges that highlight thinking errors that lead to criminal behavior. These endeavors have heightened his awareness socially, educationally, and spiritually, allowing him to be more conscious of the human condition overall in order not to repeat his past mistakes. He uses this very positive perspective to draw from as he mentors younger inmates. Johnny is a member of a loving family who has consistently supported him. As his wife, I visit him regularly and communicate with him daily. His children, siblings, and extended family also continue to offer strong emotional reinforcement through phone calls, cards, letters, and visits allowing him to maintain a powerful bond with family. With such a solid support system including a loving wife and a supportive pastor, Johnny will have the stability to rebuild his life and become a productive member of society if given the opportunity! Johnny is supported by numerous prominent members of society, including Congressman Bobby Rush of Illinois. He is represented by former US Pardon Attorney Roger Adams who has said: “I took Johnny’s case because it was an injustice on several levels… drug trafficking deserves to be punished but there has to be some proportionality. A life sentence might well be justified for a person like the head of a foreign cartel importing millions of dollars’ worth of heroin or cocaine every month, typically accompanied by extreme violence and massive public corruption. Johnny Jackson’s few years of selling drugs on the streets of Chicago simply does not justify the same sentence. “ Read more... There is no rational justification for a CENTURY long sentence, which ultimately strips Johnny of any opportunity for a life beyond prison. Johnny Jackson deserves a second chance! Please help me to urge President Trump to grant Johnny Jackson's clemency petition. Let’s band together to show our nation’s leaders that a LIFE sentence is not appropriate for a nonviolent drug offender, especially since such a sentence would not have been imposed today! I graciously thank you for your time and support in efforts to give Johnny a second chance at his life! "THERE IS POWER IN NUMBERS" #SupportASecondChanceForJohnnyJackson Attention: OFFICE OF THE PARDON ATTORNEY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 950 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW
Petition to Florida Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, United States Supreme Court, Florida
"Support Release for 63 yr old Jack Allen...20 yrs incarcerated--Freedom is deserved!
“Why should I sign this petition?” 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) NewspaperOne-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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/952879654840690/ https://twitter.com/ Sincerely & God Bless, Karen Michalak & Kristin Allen
Petition to Andrew Cuomo
Clemency for Bryon Russ
We ask you to sign this petition in support of the decision for Bryon K. Russ Sr. be granted Executive Clemency by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. We are seeking Executive Clemency by way of commutation for Bryon. He has served 17 years in prison, this is half of his minimum prison term. We believe Bryon should be granted clemency because he has used his time productively and responsible to rehabilitate himself and pro-actively advance himself in positive ways. Bryon has completed all therapeutic programs the NYS Department of Corrections offers. He has participated in voluntary programs like Youth Assistance Program (YAP) Alternative to Violence (AVP) and conducted educational classes for other prisoners on topics like Business and Real Estate. He has obtained certificates for teaching classes to other prisoners, legal research clerk, and vocational skill. He has obtained his GED and began working towards his associates degree through the CPEP (Cornell Prison Education Program) offered by Cornell University, gaining 35 college credits. He currently volunteers as a Teacher's Aid and an AVP facilitator teaching other prisoners basic education skills and alternatives to violence. Bryon has made great use of his time. Not only has he made extensive improvements to himself and his thinking he works tirelessly to assist other in doing the same. Simply stated he is no longer the man he was when he was 25 years old and sentence to 49 years in prison. In the 17 years Bryon has been incarcerated he has never received a disciplinary ticket for any form of violence. He has never received a disciplinary ticket for drug use, weapons use, or weapons possession. Bryon has learned from his mistakes and deserved a fair and thorough consideration for clemency. We ask that you please sign this petition in support of the decision to grant Bryon Russ Sr. Clemency and allow him to be released as soon as possible. We are asking for a fair and careful review of his entire Clemency proposal, case file and institutional record. The idea of him having to serve yet another 17 years in prison seems like a gross injustice. Please allow Bryon an opportunity to put all the great self-work he has done to rehabilitate himself to use and gain his freedom. Thank you for your support. -The Family of Bryon K. Russ Sr.
Petition to Ralph Northam, Virginia State Senate, Virginia State House, Facebook, Twitter, Human Rights Campaign, Change.org, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Foxx, Gerry Connolly, A. Donald McEachin, Janet Howell, ABC, CBS, Washington Post, NBC, USA Today
Parenting behind bars: An epidemic no one wants to talk about!
EVERY PARENT WANTS AND DESERVES TO SEE THEIR CHILDREN GRADUATE FROM SCHOOL!!! And unless we help this father, he will miss the significant moment that his daughters will walk across the stage, honoring him for all his efforts, while parenting from behind bars. Miguel Jimenez-Gomez has already missed every birthday, holiday, and milestone in his daughters' and family's lives due to being railroaded in the Virginia court system at a tender age. Miguel has already served 15 of 31 years for a botched, non-violent robbery that he attepmted for the 1st time when he was a young, dumb, 19 years old. During this height of mass-incarceration, Virginia's offenders were forced to serve "Truth-in-Sentencing" punishments; clearly, they used young Miguel as an example for all his peers, and overly sentenced him, as HIS SENTENCE DOESN'T FIT THE CRIME! His newsworthy case was taken all the way to the Supreme Court in an attempt to appeal the atrocious decision of an ornery judge. Ultimately, he had ineffective counsel that negligently handled his case and failed to file his appeal. (Like so many other cases in the Virginia penal system)! After exhausting every legal resource and financial avenue available at that time, Miguel reluctantly accepted his overwhelming fate; that he wasn't going to see his family, especially his 1year old baby, for 3 decades. Now, after serving half of his oppressive sentence and maximizing his potential for defined rehabilitation, he is at the mercy of his Excellency, the governor of Virginia, Mr. Ralph Northam, to have his sentence commuted. All he wants is to be able to hold his daughters hand on graduation day and make up for all the time he has been away from society. So much in this life has changed and passed him by already. Give him a chance to be productive and successful! On behalf of his entire network of family and friends, associates and advocates alike, we are requesting from Governor Northam a reduction of his sentence, whereas a conditional release would be ultimately granted. We need him home! His daughters need him home. He has been gone from us and his community for far too long since Virginia ended parole in 1995. There are so many people being affected by the outcome of this. You are our only hope! Would you agree that these lengthy sentences are destroying our families, our society, and our economy? Do you agree that it's traumatizing a generation of parent-less children? Then I implore you to sign this petition and share it as much as possible so that we can show our government officials that it's time for a real change, time to end truth-in-sentencing, time to return these men and women to their families, and it starts right here with Miguel Jimenez-Gomez!!! It's time for him to be free!!! #FreeourFamilies
Petition to Jerry Brown
Help Steven Green Earn a Second Chance At Coming Home
My name is Steven Green and I have served 26 years of a Life Without the Possibility of Parole sentence for murder and robbery. A few months into being 18, a life was taken, which I am deeply remorseful for and I take full responsibility for my actions. This is something I will live with for the rest of my life. Over the last 26 years I have matured and made many improvements in my life to become a better person before CDC offered rehabilitation. During this transition, I gave up the gang lifestyle/mentality and made education a top priority. I have completed 5 A.A. degrees with Honors as well as an A.S. degree. Furthermore, I am currently earning a BSBA degree through Adams State University. In addition to my educational achievements, I have been involved in many self-help programs. I've received my Victim Advocacy Certificate from ASU and I created an ILTAG group that donated over $35,000 to local schools. On top of my previous accomplishments I am currently the Executive Consultant to The Explorer, a prison based newsletter. I also facilitate and attend multiple groups such as Alternatives to Violence, Criminal Gang Members Anonymous, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Healing Dialogue and Action, The Actor’s Gang, Lifers Group, etc. Since becoming incarcerated I have maintained family support and become a man of God. I am a husband and father that plays an active role in my daughters’ lives. My wife and I both encourage them to excel in school and maintain good grades. I need to be in their lives as much as they need me in theirs. As their father, I want to cheer them on at their sports games, attend school functions, watch them graduate high school, and be a positive male role model for them. Please allow me to show that I am no longer the 18 year old gang member I used to be but instead a 44 year old man who has gained insight, remorse, and responsibility. I have a family to come home to, employment waiting, and the support of my family and friends. If given the opportunity, I believe the Governor and the Parole Board will see how I’ve turned my life around to become the man I am today. I am Steven Green, a husband and father that needs to make my family whole and be active and engaged in my family's everyday life. Thank you for taking the time to listen to my story and showing your support!