Petition to President Barack Obama
Clemency for Terry Anderson, serving 30 years for nonviolent drug offense.
Terry Anderson is a 53-year-old woman, who has served 20 years of a 30 year sentence in a nonviolent drug and money laundering case. She is a mother of identical twin daughters, a daughter, a sister, and a friend to many who deserves a second chance. Here’s Terry’s story in her own words: “I have been separted from my 2 twin girls since they were 12 years old. My parents have lovingly raised them, but it's been so hard on them. I see them only once every couple of months. They are now 32. They have had a hard time understanding why people who commit murder get less time than I got. It is hard to put into words how bad this has affected them. My parents have been hurt terribly too. I am their youngest child and we were always so close. I understand that I needed to be punished and that I was wrong. I just pray that I am considered worthy of mercy because I truly do understand that my behavior led to my own demise and I will never disappoint my family again by compromising myself or them when it comes to the collateral damage that accompanies drug use and/or dealing.” Terry was really a middle person. Her involvement was far less than others in her case. But based on her husband’s testimony and her refusal to “cooperate,” she got a “kingpin” status even though she was never caught with drugs or money. The five men in her case have been in and out of prison, were caught with LOTS of money, drugs, assets, even guns, and are all out of prison today. Terry started her 30 year sentence in 1996 with a determination to make positive changes.She began to believe for the first time in many years that she was a woman of worth and was not defined by her past which consisted of drug addiction and physical abuse. She graduated from the Change Program which helps incarcerated women rebuild their lives and became a mentor to many young women as they came into the system. Between 1997 and 2011 she completed several computer courses, a computer apprenticeship and logged 2000 hours computer clerical time. Once released, she’s prepared to work. Terry's parents are getting older and she hopes for an opportunity to spend time with, and take care of them, before it's too late and to make up for any suffering her choices have caused the family. Read more about Terry's case - she is #7 on the CAN-DO Top 25. Please sign this petition and ask President Obama to help bring Terry Anderson home.
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.
Petition to Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Jeff sessions
President Trump: Meet with Clemency Recipients.
In March of 2016, President Obama did something incredible. He sat down for lunch with six people who were released from prison after being granted clemency by U.S. presidents. Three people with sentences commuted by Obama were joined by two who were freed by President George W. Bush and two by President Bill Clinton. He ate a meal with these people, some of whom had recently spent over two decades in prison, and listened to their stories. Yes, they had made mistakes but as nonviolent drug offenders, the sentences they received were unfair. Unfortunately, President Trump disagreed with President Obama's use of clemency for nonviolent drug offenders and there's no indication that he will use his presidential pardoning power to help people. But what if Trump and other members of his administration like Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions took the time to meet with these people? These are incredible people -- many are now helping their communities and at-risk youth. President Trump could learn so much from them if he takes just a few moments to listen to their stories and understand why executive clemency from the president is so important. The Trump Administration should take the time to meet with these clemency recipients, hear their stories, and learn from them before making decisions on criminal justice policy. Please sign this petition asking President Trump or other members of his administration to meet with clemency recipients.
Petition to President Donald Trump
Clemency for Crystal Munoz serving 20 years for marijuana
Crystal Munoz has served over 9 years of a 19 year and 10 month sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Crystal and I married in 1997 and had beautiful baby boy we named Ricci. Unfortunately, he choked at school and passed away at age 5. We were devastated, but had two beautiful young girls who are now 8 and 9. In 2007, Crystal was arrested for "conspiracy" charges related to friends who had been convicted for trafficking marijuana and were serving 5-12 years. She was arrested based on the word of individuals who were seeking a sentence reduction -- no drugs were seized from her personally. She went to trial, not knowing anything about mandatory sentencing. Crystal was pregnant with our second daughter when she went to prison. She came to the hospital to have the baby and was taken back the very next day! She wasn't allowed to spend time bonding and yet, our girls love their mother with their entire heart. I've been raising our two girls from that day forward and it has not been easy. They need their mother. When I see them cry for their mom, it breaks my heart but this is our reality. I don't just say this because Crystal is my wife, and I love her and want her home... it's because I have yet to meet such a strong, loving and trusting person in my whole life. She has made me a better person through and through. She continues to encourage me and teach me to this day. If I could trade places with her, I would.After 9 years in prison, I believe Crystal deserves mercy. We need more good people like her in this world and it makes no sense to spend taxpayer money keeping her in prison. Please help by signing this petition and ask President Obama to grant Crystal Munoz clemency. Read more about her case on the CAN-DO Foundation website.
Petition to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Parole Board
Executive Clemency for Heath Stocks
Suppression of evidence and cover-up of the truth are just two of the elements surrounding the case of Heath Stocks and the murder of the Stocks family. Heath Stocks was a victim of heinous sexual abuse at the hands of his Scoutmaster, Jack Walls, III; a highly respectable, well-known and successful member of the community of Lonoke, Arkansas. This once named “Man of the Year” had in excess of 100 juveniles under his direction, not only as a pillar of the community but as a Boy Scout leader, that were manipulated and sexually molested – Heath Stocks being his “finest creation.” Almost 20 years ago, on January 17, 1997, Heath Stocks shot and killed his father, Joe Stocks, a fact undisputed. His mother, Barbara, and sister, Heather, were also gunned down that night, but not at the hands of their brother and son. As has recently been revealed, Jack Walls was present at the scene, ensuring the murders were carried out – a fact Walls has neither confirmed nor denied. What is fact is that Walls, with no authority as investigator, officer, or any other qualified or authorized crime scene personnel, was granted the ability to “secure the scene” as a favor to the Stocks family. In addition to Walls, his nephew, Wade Knox, was also present at the scene on that January night. Unlike Walls, Knox participated. Newly obtained statements confirm what many knew, yet suppressed, while others simply speculated and assumed. The fact that Walls and Knox were both present, participating in and instructing the murders, calls for a close re-examination of Heath’s case. Just days prior to the murders, Walls and Stocks had been observed in bed together at the Stocks’ family home by his mother, Barbara. Walls’ secret was about to be finally revealed and, unlike in 1993 when a 16-year-old boy accused Walls of sexual advances at a Scout camp-out and found not guilty, Walls ensured silence. Heath Stocks, due to political influences, small town politics, ineffective counsel, just to name a few reasons, did not go to trial, but was instructed by many (including Walls, himself, and even his own family) to plead out and accept a sentence of life, without the possibility of parole, for each death. It is the adamant belief and opinion of Heath’s many supporters that his case, with all evidence that has been uncovered since his sentencing, should be brought before a jury of his peers, allowing the mitigating circumstances never before revealed, to be given its day in court. A life was stolen, a family was destroyed and a community has been left asking how such a travesty of justice could have taken place right before its eyes. I implore you to take a moment and familiarize yourself with this matter. It is with great confidence that you, too, will join the list of supporters by signing his petition, and, hopefully, becoming a voice in the justice for Heath Stocks.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Pass the Justice Safety Valve Act
When my brother was sentenced to 55 years for a nonviolent marijuana offense eleven years ago, the judge who sentenced him strongly opposed sending a father of three to prison for so long. But because of mandatory minimum sentencing, he had no choice. Now, a new bill in Congress will give judges the authority to give sentences lower than the mandatory punishment in certain cases where the sentence is excessive. The Justice Safety Valve Act will finally let judges do what they're supposed to: judge! It would allow judges to sentence a person to less prison time than the mandatory minimum law requires whenever the mandatory minimum sentence is unjust or excessive. Federal judges are currently bound to sentence offenders in compliance with mandatory minimum sentences, resulting in unfair sentences and an explosion in the prison population. My brother's judge called the sentence “unjust, cruel, and even irrational.” He's not the only one. There are judges all over the country who oppose mandatory minimum sentencing because these laws prevent them from using their discretion to hand out the appropriate sentence and often force them to destroy families. In a recent interview, Weldon's judge said, “If he had been an aircraft hijacker, he would have gotten 24 years in prison. If he’d been a terrorist, he would have gotten 20 years in prison. If he was a child rapist, he would have gotten 11 years in prison. And now I’m supposed to give him a 55-year sentence? I mean, that’s just not right.” The Justice Safety Valve Act has bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House -- but your lawmakers need to hear from you. We can pass this bill and greatly improve the criminal justice system. Please sign my petition calling on Congress to pass the Justice Safety Valve Act.
Petition to President of the United States
Clemency for Timothy Tyler, life for a nonviolent drug offense
My brother Timothy Tyler was just 25 years old when he was sentenced to die in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. He's watched murderers and rapists leave prison while he has no chance of ever leaving. He is now 45 years old and I want to bring him home. Timothy was a young Grateful Dead fan, who in May of 1992, sold pot and LSD to a friend who turned out to be a police informant. He had never been to prison before, but a judge was forced to give him double life without the possiblity of parole because of two prior drug convictions — even though both those convictions resulted in probation. Life without the possibility of parole means my brother will never have a chance to live outside of prison walls. It's effectively a death sentence. Tim made mistakes when he was young, but after 22 years in prison, he has more than paid his debt to society. He is not a threat to anyone. He wasn't given a chance to get clean and sober to think about the damage he was doing to his life. They locked him up and threw away the key. But there's hope. In December, President Obama granted clemency to 8 nonviolent drug offenders who were serving mandatory sentences for crack cocaine. And the Department of Justice recently asked for Bar Associations throughout the country to send them more clemency petitions for nonviolent drug offenders. It costs $25,000 per year to keep my non-violent brother in prison for a mistake he made more than 20 years ago. So far, that is over half a million dollars. Not only is that not justice, but it's a waste of money. I need your help to show them that Americans think Timothy has paid his debt to society and shouldn't be housed in a cage at the expense of taxpayers anymore. He should be granted clemency.
Petition to WAR VETERAN FACES LIFE SENTENCE FOR POT
This is Kristoffer Lewandowski -- husband & father of three, former Marine, war veteran, rated 100% service-connected and facing life in prison for growing six marijuana plants in Oklahoma. Our system is imprisoning a man who fought for our country because he was self-medicating with a plant. This should upset you. Please contact Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and ask her to pardon Kris! Oklahoma State Capitol2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212 Oklahoma City, OK 73105 Local: (405) 521-2342 Fax: (405) 521-3353