Topic

Clemency

192 petitions

Update posted 21 hours ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump

Clemency for Tynice Hall

When I was 19 years old, I made the colossal mistake of being romantically involved with a man who was living a criminal lifestyle by distributing illegal drugs. This iniquitous choice I made not only affected my life, freedom and future, but my family and my community in the most detrimental way possible.  In my naivety, I thought that I could not be held responsible for my boyfriends behavior or actions. I turned a blind eye, although I was not directly in contact with his illegal activities or criminality, I reaped the financial benefits of the illegal drug trade. Those material things hold no real value and were not worth my freedom and my life.I knew that there could be consequences and repercussions for him if he was to ever get caught, but I had no idea that I could be equally punished for having knowledge about his actions. After three years of my on/off again relationship with this man, federal agents kicked in my door with a search warrant.  I was home alone. Two guns were found that belonged to my boyfriend and drugs. The house was in my name; therefore I was held liable for everything in the house and convicted for possessing the drugs and guns in the commission for a crime. I was taken into custody, never to be released again. I now accepted responsibility for my role and know that ignorance of the law and turning a blind eye to a crime being committed does not make me innocent or ignoring the criminal behavior of a drug dealing. I absolutely knew what he was doing was wrong; there is no excuse for my behavior. Twelve years later, I remain in prison for bad choices and getting involved with a felonious man. Although my involvement was minimal, conspiracy law held me accountable for all of the illegal conducts, making me equally culpable as my co-defendant, who actually peddled the illegal drugs. I was unable to provide substantial assistance to the United States Attorney due to the fact I had no knowledge of the inner working of his lawless undertakings. I wanted to immediately take a plea deal because I was scared I didn't understand or know what to do. Therefor I went to trail, in hopes that the jury would also agree that my roe was far more minimal than his, thus imposing a sentence that was fair an fit the description of the acts I committed. After going to trial, I received the enhancements a the top of the guidelines as if I was the leader/organizer of the operation. Originally, I was sentenced to 360 months plus an additional 60 months for a gun enhancement. Due to the retro-activity application of Amendment 750 and 782, I was blessed and grateful to have my sentence lowered by decades. Unless I am granted clemency, I will remain in prison for the majority of my young adult life for having knowledge and not reporting the criminal lifestyle of my boyfriend lived and that I occasionally benefited from. Prior to my arrest, I was attending classes to become a real estate agent. Life growing up was an average life for me. I had a very good upbringing. I graduated from high school and took some college classes. My decisions making my downfall. At the time of my sentence, I was a immature, 22 year-old that made some poor choices wanting to maintain the love and acceptance of my boyfriend and friends. After serving 12 years in prison and being away from my family during the holidays, births and even deaths of those dear to me, I realized I was seeking these things from someone that didn't have my best interest at heart. I do not  and will not let my past failures dictate my future, and I use my time now wisely to guide me into being a better person and the best woman that I can be. During my prison time I have graduated from the school of Culinary Arts at Danbury Federal Correction Institution. And acquired different apprenticeships: Housekeeping, Bakers and Cook. Moreover, I have instructed sever classes such as "Cage your Rage", which is an anger management class that teaches people how to manage their anger and redirects it into positive outcomes. I use to think that what you don't know can't hurt you, but now I realize it can kill you and take your freedom in the blink of an eye. This life altering mistake has taught me that my life is more valuable than the price I was willing to pay for a man's love. I understand the affect my actions had on society as a whole from the economy to the communities devastated by drugs and criminal behavior. If I am granted clemency, my plan is to successfully reintegrate into society by accomplishing the many goals I have set for myself. I plan to utilize the major of Sociology that I am working on through Adams State University by working with the underprivileged at risk youth. My overall plan is to work full time to help support my family and use everything that I have learned as a stepping stool. I believe that there are consequences for your actions whether knowing or unknowing and that the decisions you make today can affect you for the rest of your life, I've lived with an enormous amount of guilt but at the same time, that guilt has been motivation for me to reveal my true character and the woman I have become. I've shown that my mistakes may have knocked me off course, but it didn't deter me from the outcome of what my future holds upon my release. My prayer is that you will be merciful in deciding to give me a second chance. My family is my source of strength that helps me pull through daily. My hope is to relieve my mother of my responsibilities and to be the woman that I know that I can be. My wish is to granted clemency and become a model citizen. To learn from my mistakes and teach others to avoid theirs. Respectfully, Tynice Hall 34596-177

Arlinda Johns
70,394 supporters
Update posted 24 hours ago

Petition to President Donald Trump

Clemency for Tadd Vassell

Please ask President Trump to commute Tadd Vassell's life sentence to time served.  Justice has been done and Tadd has paid his debt to society.  Tadd has served 21 years of a life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime.  He was a teenager at the time of the crime, ages 17 and 18. Arrested at age 18, the record shows that Tadd's criminal activity took place for only 45 days as an 18 year old "adult".   A life sentence is unduly harsh and disproportionate to the others involved.  Today, Tadd is the ONLY co-defendant still in prison.  All 12 other co-conspirators have been released including the two ring leaders who were convicted of much greater culpability.  The last one came home in 2016.   Tadd is a model inmate and has transformed his life and is creating transformational programming in the prison.  At USP Hazelton in 2012, Tadd was selected, because of his “standing within the [prison] population” and his character as a “leader,” to participate in the Inside Out Program, an unprecedented educational opportunity for prisoners in a high-security prison. Inside Out is a class comprised of college students and inmates and led by the sociology department of the University of West Virginia at Hazelton Penitentiary. Together the “Inside” and “Outside” students learned about crime and justice, and developed initiatives for reentry training for inmates at Hazelton. Tadd’s family attended the celebration ceremony, where the warden told beaming mother, “Your son is a good man.” He’s a far cry from the man he was when he entered prison.  Today, Tadd is now the “inside” co-facilitator with Professors Jeri Kirby of Fairmount University and Lori Pompa of Temple University.  Now in his twenty-first year in prison, Tadd continues to participate in the Inside Out program as the co-facilitator of the program.  His efforts led to the creation of the Bounce Back unit, a housing unit dedicated to assising inmates preparing for reentry develop the necessary life skills for success upon release from prison.  In 2018, he single-handedly created an electrician apprenticeship program, purchasing the test materials and study guides.  Inmates just sat for the first state exam certification.  Formally and informally, he mentors other prisoners, promoting non-violence, helping them navigate life in prison and away from their families, and teaching individuals to read. He is regularly called upon by inmates and staff to mediate situations of conflict within the prison. He conducts courses on life skills in classrooms that Hazelton Penitentiary has reopened for his use after years of being closed due to violence in the institution.

Cathryn Marchman
28,123 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Lashae Focusednready, LaToya Gray

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. 

Lashae Talley
562 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Rick Snyder, Michael Eagen

66-YEAR-OLD BATTERED WOMAN INCARCERATED FOR DEFENDING HER LIFE!

NANCY SEAMAN ACTED IN SELF-DEFENSE. SHE HAD NO OTHER CHOICE AT THE TIME. HER VERDICT WAS OVERTURNED BY THE STATE COURT IN 2005 AND BY THE FEDERAL COURT IN 2010.  SHE HAS THE SUPPORT OF THREE JUDGES!  WE URGE YOU TO SET HER FREE.   We are petitioning Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to grant clemency for NANCY SEAMAN.  She has been in prison since 2004 and is 66-years-old.   Nancy killed her abusive husband in self-defense when he attacked her because she was leaving him. Her trial judge, Honorable Jack McDonald, overturned her conviction in 2005 because the jury had insufficient evidence. Federal Honorable Judge Bernard Friedman also overturned the verdict in 2010. You can read their letters to Governor Snyder on the Justice Thru Storytelling, Inc. website at www.jtsadvocates.com.    These judges support her clemency. And we do, too!  This three minute video of the Michigan Department of Corrections Psychologist and domestic violence expert Nels Thompson (retired) with Executive Director of Justice Thru Storytelling Kelle Lynn explains why she should be released from prison! Read the attached letter written by Nancy Seaman describing her own journey and advocating for change to Michigan's archaic law...People v Christel.   The jury verdict was overturned by the judge in August 2005 based on the severe limitations of expert testimony in the courtroom because of this law.  Had the expert been able to testify about Nancy Seaman in full to the jury, Judge Jack McDonald said that it's highly probable they would have never charged her with first degree murder and sentenced her to LIFE in prison.                

Justice Thru Storytelling, Inc
1,302 supporters