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Clemency

189 petitions

Update posted 14 hours ago

Petition to Edmund G. Brown Jr., California Governor

FREE BARRY DENTON. 1st termer on his 18th year of a 30 year sentence for robbery (unarmed)

Barry Denton (P96760), has been incarcerated within the California Department Of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 18 years and counting. Barry, is a first termer who was struck out under the California Three Strikes Law, in where his juvenile case was used to complete the three strike process. His crime was committed in Long Beach, California, where he grew up under the optismistic eyes of two loving parents who support his cause for freedom. His days as a minor speaks to the radical shift into crime due to the fact that he graduated from Wilson High School in Long Beach, California (1997), was employed and attending college at the time of his arrest, while playing a pivotal role within his family structure.  Barry, committed a robbery P.C. 212.5 when he was 20 years old, and no, this is not a plot to garner leniency due to his age, but I feel that society recognizes that the time should fit the crime and he has exceeded the ascribed time allocated for his crime 5 times over when you consider Barry's sentence: 25+5-to-life under the Three Strikes Law. He is now 39 years old and, as he expresses, a stark contrast of who he once was in his younger days when he was trying to discover his place in society.  A gun was not used in the commission of the crime and  no one was hurt or touched. Ordinarily,  a crime of this nature would warrant less than 5 years, and oftentimes probation but this is not the case. We want to bring Barry home and we all agree that he deserves a second chance at a life he never had, especially considering his  accomplishments inside of prison.  Barry, is apart of https://www.change.org/p/jerry-brown-free-the-3-000-nonviolent-inmates-still-imprisoned-under-three-strikes-in-california that is gaining momentum to free three strikers through a petition to the Governor of California. And,  https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_57,_Parole_for_Non-Violent_Criminals_and_Juvenile_Court_Trial_Requirements_(2016) helped Barry by reducing his sentence (Prop. 57 deducted 3 years). But, it still leaves him with more time to do for an unarmed robbery after 18 years. It is time for Barry Denton to have that second chance at life. Let's band together and promote Executive Clemency to free Barry from this egregious sentence.  He has become an advocate for peace inside of prison, becoming the chairman of the alternative to violence program (AVP) and a facilitator, while acquiring the necessary skills in his college studies, various self-help groups like GOGI (Getting Out By Going In) and vocational welding that equips him with the tools to be productive in society. The beginning years of his incarceration was rocky and confusing to say the least. But as he declares, Barry has figured out how to be the facilitator of his own destiny, avoiding the pitfalls of prison violence for over 10 years now.  Words from Barry: Since my incarceration I have experienced numerous struggles and triumphs. I have undergone an evolution that equates to a transformation of a notable kind where I recognize the power in redemption, and along with God's grace, I have survived the many pitfalls that have defeated so many. Prison is a place of defeat and shattered dreams that leaves the soul yearning for the unreachable. Many trapped behind the walls fail to see the motivating force that causes the spirit, the mind, and heart to seek something contrary to the historical plight that lands us in the cages of consequence. But, there are some who get into the operation of change and become apart of the solution. When I began to operate on myself, healing and patching up old wounds and emotional lacerations that ran deep, I begin to realize where I went wrong. There was nothing and no one to blame but myself. I had to stand tall in accountability and this moment gave me the power and awareness to understand that i am more than my environment. I am more than the street culture that has ruined so many lives. I am more than just a number to be counted and analyzed for statistical fodder inside of prisons. I am an element of change where I can be a gift to set the course of dysfunction along a path of correction. This is my purpose. One of service to society and also to myself. We have a social and moral obligation to make the world livable, loveable, and consciously unique. It is the price we pay for existing where others have perished. It is the road we pave for forthcoming generations who deserve something better than the hardships that have hardened the hearts of so many. This is what I am striving to do. On the inside I am in the trenches striving to change the culture of prison one handshake at a time. I want to see a world where lockup fails to be the first option and those who are confused, I want to be the light that shows them the option. I feel i am ready to be apart of the greater society and I want to add value to the process of world building and I am only asking for my moment. I am a husband, a son to unwavering parents, a father by marriage, and a son of God. I am a champion of changing this notion that prison is the dumpsite of America and I work to ensure that a better world can exist within the electric fence so that the beauty in redemption spills out into society so that you and I can live in eternal peace. I want to  step into the next phase of righting my wrongs. This is the accumulation of justice and us uniting as a people to recognize that Change is possible if we are to believe in the civic and social obligations of our democracy. Please sign the petition and give life a chance. Let's forge an undying pulse beating within the hearts of humanity and allow freedom to persist in the face of harsh sentencing laws. Be proactive. Let Governor Brown know that there lies a people on the inside of prison walls who have the power and potential to be elements of the answer .

Quianna Denton
100 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to President of the United States

Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website

My son, Ross Ulbricht, is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges and no criminal history. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where individual users chose what to list for sale. Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for dealing drugs himself but for a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. Ross’s investigation, trial and sentencing were rife with abuse.  This includes corrupt federal investigators (now in prison) who were hidden from the jury, as well as prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations and reliance on unproven allegations at sentencing. Ross did not get a fair trial and his sentence was draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that Silk Road was a terrible mistake that he deeply regrets, that he never intended harm, and that he has learned the heavy price of breaking the law. Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man with much to contribute. The judge received 100 letters attesting to his excellent character and how much he has helped others. These include those in prison, where he has tutored, led classes, and generally helped fellow inmates.  Keeping Ross caged for life helps no one; will cost taxpayers about $2 million; and deprives society of an exceptionally kind, generous and creative person. Even in the face of his walking death sentence, Ross clings to the hope of a second chance and dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to give to his community and society as a whole. Please sign this petition and help us bring Ross home. Learn more about Ross Ulbricht here.

FreeRoss.org
81,147 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Dixon Family

Sentence reduction for Eddie Dixon,either commutation or clemency. Help us Gov.Hutchinson

     On behalf of Mr. Eddie Dixon; these petitioning concerned Citizens of the United States Of America who believe in the redemption and reformation of Mr. Eddie Dixon we support and call for immediate consideration of the current bi-partisan initiative for criminal justice reform; we the concerned Citizens of the United States and the community of Blytheville, Arkansas who supports the exercise of executive clemency (including pardon, commutation of sentence, remission of fine or restitution and reprieve but not limited to other forms).      We humbly respectfully request that you grant Mr. Dixon request for a commutation of sentence. It is our firm belief that Mr. Dixon deserves a second chance to right his past wrong doings against the community at large.     A jury trial was held on September 25 and 26, 1991. The jury found him guilty of two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine, and imposed a fine of $25,000 and a life sentence plus 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. It is true Mr. Dixon made an unwise and imperceptible decision when he became involved with drugs as a young man growing up in Blytheville, Arkansas at the time Mr. Dixon believe that no other options or alternatives existed as means to support his family (Parents, Sisters, and children) other than by selling drugs, he now longer think that way and have matured. We acknowledge he did in fact break the law and deserves to be punished, but a life sentence plus 30 years is not a just punishment. Eddie Dixon has spent over 23 years of serving a life sentence plus 30 years learning the error of his ways and deserves the opportunity to redeem himself in the eyes of those whom love and support him, as well as the community at large. Eddie Dixon is currently incarcerated at Cummins Unit ADC# 075134 he have been there since 1991. While incarcerated, he has become an advocate for other inmates encouraging them to stay positive and out of trouble and if released, hopes to continue this type of volunteerism to prevent incarceration of our youth. Mr. Dixon love his family and friends dearly and would love another chance to be with his family and eat at his mothers locally known restaurant  "Mae's Grill" As a community we belief that Mr. Dixon should be the candidate selected for commutation of sentence. We respectfully are asking Gov.Hutchinson to commute Dixon’s sentence and allow him to redeem himself on the outside. Thank you for your time and consideration of expressed views. We also ask that all signers and supporters share this petition and email us at the following contact information below for more information justicefordixon@gmail.com May God Bless those who willingly support Eddie Dixon on our journey to help him!!

Dixon Family
447 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, President of the United States

Release Corvain Cooper from Life Imprisonment Without Parole for Marijuana

On June 18, 2014, Corvain T. Cooper was convicted in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte for the crime of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.  This was a non-violent crime.  Corvain Cooper did not use any violence, or even threaten any violence, in this case.  Despite former Attorney General Eric Holder's promise not to seek life sentences for non-violent drug offenders, the United States Attorney sought and obtained a life sentence under the Federal "Three Strikes" law.  Corvain Cooper's two prior felonies that were the first two strikes were a conviction in California for possession of marijuana, and one conviction for possession of codeine cough syrup without a prescription. When he was sent to prison for the rest of his life for selling marijuana, Corvain Cooper was 34 years old, a father to two young daughters, ages 4 and 8, a fiancee, a son, a friend, and a small business owner selling clothing and footwear. Corvain appealed his conviction and sentence, arguing that his sentence of life imprisonment without parole for a non-violent drug offense as Cruel and Unusual Punishment.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld this injustice, and the Supreme Court declined to hear the case. After his direct appeals concluded, the State of California enacted Proposition 47 and Proposition 64 as part of legislative drug law reforms after California legalized marijuana.  Both laws permitted people like Corvain Cooper to apply to the courts to vacate their marijuana or drug felony convictions, and replace them with misdemeanor convictions.  Corvain Cooper successfully applied, and both of his felony convictions were thrown out.  Both of the "two strikes" were vacated, meaning that Corvain Cooper was no longer eligible for the "Three Strikes" law. We filed a petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2255 in the Federal court, challenging his life sentence under the "Three Strikes" law - since two of the three strikes were no longer felonies, he should not receive a life sentence. The Federal courts have denied our challenge.  The case is once again before the United States Supreme Court.  If the Court allows this sentence to stand, this man will never see his family again. In 2016, we submitted an application for clemency with President Barack Obama, asking him to commute this grossly unjust sentence of life imprisonment for a non-violent drug offense.  Unfortunately, before he left office, President Obama denied our clemency petition. I have been representing Corvain Cooper since his sentencing in 2014.  Because his family has been unable to afford legal fees, I have been representing him for free - pro bono.  I have pledged to continue to fight for this young man, who is a genuinely good person who does not deserve this Draconian punishment. Join us in asking President Donald J. Trump to stop the madness of mandatory life sentences for non-violent drug offenders, and commute Corvain Cooper's sentence so his daughters can grow up with a father. For more information, contact: Patrick Michael Megaro, Esq. Halscott Megaro, P.A. 1300 North Semoran Boulevard, Suite 195 Orlando, FL 32807 USA Phone: (407) 255-2164 pmegaro@halscottmegaro.com http://www.halscottmegaro.com

Patrick Michael Megaro
16,572 supporters