Petition to President of the United States, Loretta Lynch
Grant Clemency to Cheryl Howard serving life for a nonviolent drug offense.
It’s been over 23 years since I spent Thanksgiving with my mom. This year was no different. For most of my life, my mother has been behind bars, serving a life without parole sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. My mom’s name is Cheryl Howard and I am her only child; she has 3 grand children (2 girls ages 14 and 7 and 1 boy age 13). We have always had a close relationship. One of my last memories together was Halloween when I was the Cowardly Lion from The Wiz. My mother worked so hard on my costume and I was embarrassed by my curls I had as the lion but I remember everyone telling us how great my costume was. This was one of the only childhood moments we had together. Then my mom started abusing drugs like cocaine. It changed everything. Soon she was arrested and in 1995 convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and one count of conspiracy. She was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole. I don’t want to make excuses for my mom -- she made mistakes. But I also believe that with help for her addiction she could have gotten better. Instead she was sent to prison for the rest of her life and without clemency from President Obama, she will die there. President Obama has now granted clemency to over 1,000 nonviolent drug offenders like my mom. But only 68 have been women and time is running it out. My mother has accepted full responsibility for actions and has suffered enough. I'm begging President Obama to grant her clemency. While in prison she obtained her GED, completed Vocational Training and Tarrant Community College courses, (2) Pierpont College courses and creative writing courses. She has maintained employment through the Life Connections Program (LCP) which helps inmates learn life skills so that upon release she can be successful and equipped with job skills. After release she want to start a program called “Fed Up,” which stands for Federal Ex-offender’s Driven to their Unexpected, to help female ex-offenders with life coaching, counseling, and job placement. I hear the pain in her voice when she says how remorseful she is for the crimes she committed. Her voice has kept me on the right path in raising my own family. She is truly a changed person, prepared to contribute to her community and society if released. In January 2015 she had 3 aneurysms rupture and was placed on life support for 31 days. She has recovered but I worry everyday. That Cowardly Lion Halloween costume is symbolic because I’ve carried courage with me my entire life. For 23 years I’ve missed every precious moment most people have with their mothers. I can only guess what they feel like. I have three children she has never held as babies. I’ve even delayed my wedding in the hopes that she will be able to walk me down the aisle with my Aunt. Please sign my petition to ask President Obama to grant clemency to a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who deserves a second chance. For more information regarding my mother's case and others whom deserve Justice through clemency please visit http://www.candoclemency.com/cheryl-howard http://www.candoclemency.com/
Petition to President Barack Obama
Executive Clemency Requested for 25 Deserving Women
The CAN-DO Foundation is proud to have shared the faces, names and stories of many women seeking justice though clemency. The "Top 25 Women" are extraordinary examples of people who received draconian sentences due to legislation passed in the the late 80s and 90s that caused minor participants in a "conspiracy" case to receive mandatory sentences of 10 years to LIFE without parole. These women are equally culpable for the actions of an entire network of co-consirators so their sentences are based on the amount of drugs that others in the conspiracy manufactured, sold, or imported. Most of these women are FIRST OFFENDERS who have served no less than 10 years and as much as 24 years.More years in prison does not serve the best interest of our society, or the tax payer. All these women have applied themselves while incarcerated and achieved extraordinary things, despite their situation, such as earning a college degree, completing drug rehab programs, working full time at "Prison Industries" or "UNICOR," and mentoring other prisoners. The CAN-DO Foundation engages in exhaustive research to identify cases that deserve relief from unjustly long prison sentences that do not fit the crime. The following Top 25 are either pending or seeking a reconsideration: 1. Alice Marie Johnson - 1st offense - served 20 yrs on LIFE 2. Michelle West - 1st offense - served 23 yrs on LIFE 3. Deneise Quintanilla - served 16 yrs on LIFE 4. Roberta Bell - 1st offense - served 22 yrs on LIFE 5. Lori Kavitz - 1st offense - served 15 yrs o 24 yr sentence 6. Lavonne Roach - 1st offense - served 19 yrs on 30 yr sent. 7. Terry Anderson - served 20 yrs on 30 yr sentence 8. Eva Palma-Atencio - 1st offense - served 13 yrs on LIFE 9. Patricia Clarke - 1st offense - served 24 yrs on LIFE 11. Rose Summers - 1st offense - served 18 yrs on 24 yr sent 12. Melissa Trigg - 1st offense - served 10 yrs on 15 yr sent. 13. Tynice Hall - 1 prior - served 10 yrs on 28 yr sentence 14. Crystal Munoz - misd. - served 10 yrs on 20 yr sent. 15. Holly Dawn Moore - 1st offense - 11 yrs on 16 yr sent. 16. Beth Rushing - 1st offense - served 15 yrs on 24 yr sent. 17. Nancy Ferneau - served 13 yrs on 25 yr sent 18. Elisa Castillo - 1st offense - served almost 9 yrs on LIFE 19. Chalana McFarland - 1st offense - served 13 on 30 yr 20. Patricia Cooney - 1st offense - 17 yrs on 36 yr sent. 21. Chalana McFarland - 1st offense - 11 yrs on 30 yr sent. 22. Lenora Logan - 17 yrs on 30 yr sent 23. Tanesha Bannister - 14 yrs on 23 yr sent. 24. Angela Wright - 10 yrs on 30 yr sentence 25. Debbie Singleton - 11 yr on 24 yr sentence More cases can be found on the CAN-DO Foundation Website including a Top 25 that reflects additional names and a different order such as Lashona Hall, a first offender who has served 8 years on a 45 year sentence, Clarissa Burgoon, and more. 22 clemency recipients who were on the top 25 women! Pauline Blake Ramona Brant Tammie Francis Teresa Griffin Cheryl Howard Angie Jenkins Sharanda Jones Charceil Kellam Josephine Ledesma Mandy Martinson Donna McDaniel Schearean Means Danielle Metz Michelle Miles Carol Richardson Barbara Scrivner Cynthia Shank Robin Shoulders Alicia Siller Stacia Smith Minnie Pearl Thomas Gracie Walker Please help reunite these women with their families! Together we CAN-DO this!
Petition to President of the United States, Barack Obama
Clemency for Patricia Cooney 50662-004
My mom, Patricia Cooney, a 1st time, nonviolent offender sentenced to 100 years, has served 17 years and after sentence reductions now has 14 years left to serve. To all those who signed and shared my petition thank you so very much.. As I stated my mom is gravely ill and is making the most of her time in spite of over whelming circumstances. After my petition went up she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, chronic anemia, hyperthyroidism. When I visited her in July for her 63rd Birthday she says prisons aren't medical facilities and they do the best they can. She spoke of her symptoms which include sleepless nights, numb hands, drastic temperature changes, constant pain, irregular balance, tooth loss and noticeable physical changes that terrify us both. PRESIDENT OBAMA on behalf of my mother and thousands of other inmates serving extreme sentences and dealing with major health issues WE NEED YOUR HELP before you close this chapter of your life. I humbly ask that you give me and thousands of others the opportunity to lessen the burden on the prison system by giving us the privilege and honor to care for those we love. President Obama, I humbly ask that you GRANT MY MOM and other ill inmates who have served more than their time CLEMENCY. Without your help my mom and many others won't make it to their release dates! FREE PATRICIA COONEY #50662-004
Petition to Department of Justice
Familial DNA Testing For Identifying Killer in New York Murder/Rape Cases
I am petitioning on behalf of my family member, Karina Vetrano . Karina was brutally murdered and sexually assaulted on August 2, 2016, while out for a jog at 5pm in the afternoon. Her killer has not been found. The family cannot even begin to heal until the murderer is brought to justice. There is DNA evidence that is not a match for people currently in the database. Familial DNA testing can identify relatives of the suspect in the state and national DNA database. This can allow the police to then narrow down the investigation and identify potential suspects. This method is used in 9 states -which include Virginia, California, Michigan, Texas and it is also used in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Supporting this petition could potentially allow this method to be used in cases such as Karina's to assist in identifying potential suspects when a match cannot be attained through traditional DNA testing. I urge you to support this petition to allow Karina's assailant to potentially be identified and brought to justice. Allowing this test to be approved in NY will not only identify Karina's murderer but other unsolved murders in NY.
Petition to Alexandra Ellis
Put Vicious Cat Killer Robert Farmer Away
Robert Farmer is facing multiple charges in Santa Clara County Superior Court for kidnapping, torturing and killing our pet cats and kittens in our San Jose neighborhoods. But he has a high-priced lawyer who has already delayed the case and will work hard to get him off with little or no punishment for these heinous acts. Public pressure keeps this case in the spotlight and helps us make sure our furry family members get justice. Sign this petition to help us keep the spotlight on this criminal until he is convicted and locked away so we can keep all of our four-legged family members safe. Names of victims (photo on top): Angel, GoGo, Ichigo, Rayden, Thumper, Juniper, Babe, Traveller, Tiger, Beardsley, Chablis, Romeo and Unknown orange cat (found in Farmer's car). There may be more identified victims, investigation is still ongoing. You can follow us on Twitter: @Justice4Catz Facebook Pubic Group to have most recent updates: Justice for Our Cats
Petition to Jay Nixon (Governor of Missouri), Bill Reiboldt
Strengthen Hit and Run Laws in Missouri
On September 12, 2015, my 19 year old son, Matthew Brooks Stevens was walking along Hwy 59 in Neosho, MO when he was hit and killed. The man who hit my son left him dead in the middle of the highway and fled the scene. Two weeks later with an attorney, he turned himself in to authorities. In the State of Missouri, if you leave the scene of an accident, the maximum penalty is a Felony which carries a sentence of 4 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. That's it. There's no suspension or revocation of a Driver's License. And if the accident involves a pedestrian, you have to prove another crime was being committed at the time of the accident (i.e. Driving while Intoxicated) before charges can be increased to manslaughter if the accident resulted in a death. This needs to change!!! For people who kill others with their vehicle and then flee the accident, there needs to be stiffer penalties! I am advocating for change. I'm proposing mandatory sentences, higher fines and a minimum 3-5 year suspension or revocation of licenses. There are other states around Missouri who have modified their laws on Hit & Run to include the very punishments that I just described, yet Missouri has done nothing to create change. Please help me send a clear message to our legislators that our loved ones are more valuable than a $5,000 fine! Thank you for your support!
Petition to Barack Obama, Robert Zauzmer
Clemency for Clarissa Burgoon
Clarissa Burgoon is my childhood best friend and is currently serving a 20 year sentence for "conspiracy to commit money laundering," because her ex-boyfriend of 10 years was selling drugs and she "benefited from the money." Her money laundering charge was only for $8,034, but the accounts where all in Clarissa's name. Her attorney advised her she would probably do two years yet she received the maximum 20 year sentence. She never sold any drugs but there where 11 people who, in exchange for reductions in their own sentences, testified that she knew drugs were being sold. This included one man she had never even met. Clarissa has served over 8 years, with clear conduct, and fully accepted responsibility for her actions. She even believes prison forced her to take a hard look at what she was doing, and who she had become. She recognizes that she is responsible for her current situation. She also knows she can only change her future, not her past. Clarissa desperately wants to reunite with her two beautiful children who lost both their parents to the justice system. From behind bars she sees her kids once every two years. Her sister is battling cancer, and her daughter has had two surgeries because of Turner syndrome. Her kids where separated and only see each other once a year. Not being there for her family and leaving her kids without parents has been the worst punishment imaginable. While in prison she has worked at UNICOR (prison work program) her entire time in prison and worked her way up to manager at the "Cut and Sew" factory. She makes $1.15 per hour and recently received a certificate of excellence for her work. She has never received a disciplinary write up for any infraction and has completed drug, parenting, and accounting classes to help prepare her for a new life. Please sign this petition asking President Obama to grant clemency to Clarissa Burgoon. She has served enough time and has a strong desire to help keep others from going down the path she went down. Her family is hopeful that President Obama will commute her sentence because if he does not, she will remain in prison until November 30, 2025. You can read more about Clarissa's case on the CAN-DO website
Petition to Barack Obama, Sheila Jackson Lee, Robert A Zauzmer
Grant Clemency To My Son Edwin Walter Rubis, 480 months for marijuana is not justice.
My son, Edwin Walter Rubis, is serving a federal sentence of 40 years for a nonviolent marijuana offense. He was sentenced in Houston, Texas, where statistics have shown that harsh sentences are more often given to minorities. He has been in prison since 1998, and has served as a model inmate for all of those 18 years. It is time for him to get a second chance at life. At the age of 19, Edwin began to battle drug addiction and began to get into trouble with the law. Over the course of his drug addiction we sought him help to get his life in order but to no avail. At the age of 29, he was slapped with this offense, and we discovered that when a family can’t afford to hire a competent independent attorney, their chances at justice are very slim. Edwin was appointed a lawyer for “indigent defendants,”, and he was immediately advised to give the court information on other drug offenders he knew. Edwin truly did not have the information they were looking for, so he was quickly deemed “uncooperative” and the trial judge gave him a particularly harsh sentence -- 40 years. He has been in prison ever since. He has served 18 years for a nonviolent marijuana offense. Even if he had been fairly represented and his trial hadn’t been weighed against him,18 years is sufficient for this crime. Please sign our petition asking President Obama to grant our son clemency, Edwin Rubis, so he may have a second chance at life. Edwin has been working hard to make his time in prison productive. He has certificates of completion from the psychology and religious departments. He completed a 2-year apprenticeship to be a dental assistant in the medical department. He is active in personal spiritual studies, and is seen as a mentor by his peers for both spiritual and personal character. In fact, a pastor at a rehabilitation program in Florida has said that he has a job opening available for him upon his release. Sadly, we have exhausted all legal avenues in our search for justice for Edwin. I am pleading for him to receive a presidential clemency so that he can continue his rehabilitative work and efforts to help young men deal with situations similar to those he faced during his younger years on the streets. He wants to further his education and help others out of the justice penal system. Please sign this petition urging President Obama to grant my son, Edwin Walter Rubis, clemency. He has been rehabilitated, and he deserves a second chance. Sincerely, Maria Alicia Roque