criminal justice reform

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Petition to North Carolina State House, North Carolina Governor, North Carolina State Senate, Alma S. Adams

Reduce prison population and save NC millions by retroactively lowering mandatory minimums

You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. - C.S. Lewis WHY WE HAVE TO KEEP FIGHTING Currently, the state’s prison system exacerbates harm by isolating people, perpetuating punitive living conditions, and providing little to no rehabilitation. Inhumane prisons do not serve the needs of crime survivors, communities, or those who are imprisoned. North Carolina’s prisons must be humane and safe facilities that offer dignity and ensure public safety. This does not make North Carolina safer. Tell North Carolina's leaders that it's time to join the rest of the country.  Bring the First Step Act to North Carolina State prisons. As Trump said, even those that make mistakes deserve a chance. But with mandatory minimums the majority of these inmates will not have the opportunity to show that they can contribute to society. Let's push our lawmakers to change these harsh sentencing statutes and reunite our families. North Carolina Advocates for Smart Justice WHAT ARE WE ADVOCATING FOR? North Carolina's First Step Act recommends several solutions to make North Carolina Department of Corrections system safer by  seeking to reshape North Carolina's tough-on-crime laws from the 1990s. Over the last decade or so, legislators across the country have learned that this was a mistake, and have recently been working on reversing our mass incarceration issues. Inmates who are sentenced using North Carolina Structured Sentencing guidelines, have ZERO % chance of an early release even if they exhibit GREAT behavior. North Carolina Structured Sentencing Act deprives individuals of a second chance, and comes at a high cost to the people of North Carolina. These guidelines are a gross injustice causing thousands to be over sentenced. Intended to "reduce crime" they've been grossly unsuccessful and most state have already made these changes, while North Carolina is the last of the southern state to give take the first step towards reform. • Reduce mandatory minimums from 100% to 65% for those sentenced under structured sentencing for all individuals. Restore hope to incarcerated persons. Lawmakers must incentivize good behavior by allowing early release initiatives, authorize retroactively. We can alleviate the madness of mass-incarceration by reinstating good time across the board for every offender • Reestablish good behavior and works credits to address sentence lengths; offer trade skills to incarcerated persons to reduce recidivism and improve public safety. If there’s no opportunity to use time credited for good behavior, incentive is gone. What it does is, it takes away the hope.  • Credits for parole eligibility are granted in other states, and have been boosted through the recent federal legislation known as the First Step Act • Mississippi lawmakers recently reduced their truth-in-sentencing provision from 85% to 50% offenders. The measure adjusts the states sentencing structure and aligns North Carolina to states like South Carolina, Mississippi Missouri and Louisiana. • Allow judges discretion to impose sentences other than the mandatory minimum prison term in some cases. • State analysts crunched the numbers as to what would happen if inmates were allowed to be released earlier. The answer was eye-popping: By 2024, $860 million would be saved and about 9,000 additional prisoners would be released. That analysis could make advocating for this policy easier in the future • Creates a task force to reevaluate North Carolina's entire criminal punishment code, and whether the set punishments fit the crime. • We need to take a close look at what contributes to violence in our prisons and how our prisons can heal following recent tragic events, overcrowding and prison understaffing issues. We know that prison violence links persons together through a network of victims and offenders. Remarkable solutions to end prison violence are found in ensuring humane living conditions, supporting rehabilitative programming that includes education and anti-violence initiatives, and programming incentives for incarcerated persons. • Expand in prison education. Officials must fully fund effective prison education and rehabilitation programs to improve safety within the prisons and in the communities where prisoners will return. In safe prisons and communities, there is mutual respect, trust, and an understanding of and a looking out for each other. Safety is not just about incarceration rates. Every day, we must work towards a vision of safety that is holistic and practical. This means taking a look at what our real goals are and should be around violence and violence prevention, implementing solutions that achieve rehabilitation, and relying on the knowledge and experience of overlapping survivor and offender networks to guide our policies. • Allow for “Second Look” review policy for any prisoner who has served 15 or more years. The nonpartisan American Law Institute recommends a fair review of persons sentenced to long prison terms to decide whether, under present circumstances, the sentence originally imposed or a different sentence better serves the purposes of sentencing. • Without seeing a parole board many people have little hope or reason to rehabilitate. They may not be employable due to age or other factors upon release, and may continue to be a financial burden on the state. Why not change these guidelines and give the state the opportunity to review appropriate candidates for supervised release? People on parole are required to work, pay taxes, pay parole fees, remain sober, do not commit crimes, and be monitored closely by parole officers who can offer assistance in finding employment and other resources • Visit maximum security prisons. Members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees must visit each level three prison to speak with incarcerated residents and observe the conditions of these state facilities. North Carolina Advocates for Smart Justice provides support for both short and long term individuals who are incarcerated by advocating for changes within North Carolina legislation and policy changes within North Carolina Department of Corrections. We invite North Carolina officials to work with us to make all of our communities safer. For more information, contact Laura Anthony with the North Carolina Advocates for Smart Justice, at email:

North Carolina Advocates for Smart Justice
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Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Donald J Trump, Department of Justice, Entrepreneurs

The Coalition to Nullify The Malicious Task Force Prosecutions

MORE MEDIA ATTENTION...COALITION GAINING MOMENTUM ANOTHER UPDATE...NEW ARTICLE ABOUT MALICIOUS TASK FORCE How the Obama FBI and Department of Justice Lost its Way and Destroyed 15,000 American Lives UPDATE...NEW ARTICLE ABOUT MALICIOUS TASK FORCE We, the undersigned families and friends of loved ones prosecuted and incarcerated under the Obama Administration's "Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force" declare every indictment and prosecution under that initiative "suspect." The task force was created November 17, 2009. See The name sounds like something good for society, however, it is anything but. The task force unnecessarily destroyed thousands of legitimate investments and enterprises that needed only time to fully develop. The task force destroyed families and reputations. It packed prisons with innocent men, women, and local community leaders. The Obama Administration launched this task force to placate the public after the Great Recession which began in 2008. Instead of holding those who caused the Great Recession to account, the Obama Administration went after easy targets who would be unable to retain counsel capable of actually mounting a meaningful defense. We hold that most of the 15,000 prosecutions were all for "show" and were contrived miscarriages of justice. We further believe these prosecutions reveal the Obama Administration's fundamental contempt for private industry. The Obama administration then exerted the full weight of the United States government to establish an anti-small business narrative which ultimately led to the "socialism is good" nonsense permeating today's public discourse. We respectfully ask President Trump to nullify most, if not all prosecutions brought under the malicious and corrupt intent of the Obama task force. We hold these prosecutions to be fruit of the poisonous tree. It is simply impossible to believe so many law-abiding citizens decided one day after Mr. Obama became president to become criminals over their reputations and livelihoods. It simply did not happen the way the Obama Justice Department said it did. Further, we hold that if there are financial losses, those losses are the result of reckless and negligent prosecutions. But for such prosecutions, investors would likely have enjoyed a favorable outcome by now. All that was needed was a little business wisdom coupled with time. The Obama Administration caused this devastation to investors. President Trump...we respectfully ask you to nullify every indictment or commute/pardon every man and woman caught in this malicious Obama snare affecting a shocking number of innocent Americans. ***** "The common thread through it all is a cabal of narcissistic federal prosecutors who broke all the rules and rose to power...and [along with] other members of Obama's inner circle - are wreaking havoc on our Republic."  Sidney Powell, JD, author of Licensed to Lie - Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice. "[Sidney Powell] reveals a house of 'legal' horrors characterized by sacrificing [innocent men and women], concealing and altering evidence, ignoring the law, and constantly displaying an ego-driven desire to win at all costs." Michael Adams, PhD, introduction to Licensed to Lie. "Prison populations have skyrocketed. So has society's ills. Our prison system today is what surgery was in the mid-1800's (no anesthesia or antibiotics). Primative and harmful. The government packs inmates in jails and prisons, later sends them out to the world infected with every evil imaginable, and society contracts the disease. What is the result? More prisoners." Matthew Hutcheson, author of Quinny, chapter 33. "Our sentences are too long, our sentences too severe, our sentences too harsh... there is no compassion in the system." Justice Anthony Kennedy before U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, February 14, 2007. “The cost of so many good people being taken from their families far outweighs theindividual, family, social, and economic consequences of putting these people behind bars. There is a better way. We, as citizens of this great country, are obliged to try and solve this problem before taking the drastic steps of throwing these men away - who are fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers, uncles, nephews, and friends - and forgetting that they exist. They can no longer be “the forgotten men and women of this country.” (President Trump, 2018)” Hutcheson, Annette, Prison Reform: The Cost of Prison for Inmates, Families, and Society (September 30, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Ryan Hutcheson
371 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to President of the United States

Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website

My son, Ross Ulbricht, is a first-time offender serving a double life sentence without parole, plus 40 years, 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 at trial. He was never prosecuted for causing harm or bodily injury and no victim was named at trial. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. There is a growing consensus that Ross’s case is a miscarriage of justice and over 100 eminent organizations and individuals have voiced their support. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where consenting users chose what to buy and sell as long as no third party was harmed (some listings were prohibited). Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for selling drugs himself but for creating a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. All the other defendants related to the case―including the actual drug sellers and the creator of Silk Road 2―received sentences ranging from 17 months to 10 years.  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 uncharged, false allegations at sentencing. Ross was smeared in the media through false and inaccurate reporting. Ross was not treated fairly and his sentence is draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that starting 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 is not a danger to anyone. If released tomorrow, he would never come near breaking the law again.  Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man who is very much loved and has much to give. 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 demonstrated exemplary behavior and tutored, led classes, and 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. He dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to contribute to society. Mr. President, please commute Ross Ulbricht’s unjust sentence. Learn more about Ross's case at
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