criminal justice reform
Petition to The Governor of Oklahoma & Pardon and Parole Board
Julius Jones is innocent. Don't let him be executed by the state of Oklahoma.
When Julius Jones was 19-years-old, he was convicted of a murder he says he did not commit. I need your help to save his life. Julius has lived on death row for almost 20 years, and is held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. He is allowed one hour of sunlight a day, and three showers a week. Every minute we wait to take action, Julius is suffering. Every second that goes by brings Julius closer to being executed for a crime he didn’t commit. At the time of the crime for which he was convicted, Julius was a 19-year-old student athlete with a promising future, attending the University of Oklahoma on an academic scholarship. It is clear that Julius’ lawyer did not adequately defend him, and that explicit racial bias played a significant role in the process.. For example: Eyewitnesses place Mr. Jones at his parents’ home at the time of the murder, miles away from the crime scene. Mr. Jones’ co-defendant admitted to being involved in the crime and is now free after testifying against Julius. He was heard bragging that he “set Julius up.” Mr. Jones’ co-defendant matches the only eyewitness description of the shooter based on the length of his hair. Newly-discovered evidence shows that at least one juror harbored racial prejudice that influenced his vote to convict and sentence Mr. Jones to death. One juror reported telling the judge about another juror who said the trial was a waste of time and “they should just take the n***** out and shoot him behind the jail.” I learned about Julius’ story through Viola Davis’ docuseries “The Last Defense.” As a person of color and a person of faith, I knew that I couldn’t stand by while an innocent man was killed. I am an Oklahoma taxpayer and the idea that my money will be used to kill Julius makes me sick. Every day an innocent man is forced to sit in solitary confinement, awaiting his death. Recently, a grassroots movement successfully pressured Texas to stay the execution of Rodney Reed, another black man sentenced to death for a crime he says he didn’t commit. If we can save Rodney, then Julius has a chance. Please join me and demand justice for Julius.
Petition to Joseph R. Biden
President Biden: Clemency for Federal Marijuana Prisoners
The CAN-DO Foundation and Freedom Grow Forever is urging President Biden to free every prisoner serving federal time for marijuana drug cases. Not one person in the history of our nation has overdosed on marijuana. Cannabis has become a billion dollar legal industry, for some, while others rot in prison for federal conspiracy cases, including people who thought they were compliant with the laws of their state for medical marijuana, but were indicted and convicted in federal court because the federal government has yet to recognize that cannabis has any medicinal properties. Both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris indicated that marijuana prisoners should not remain incarcerated while on the campaign trail. That can easily be achieved with the stroke of the President's pen who can free all cannabis prisoners using his executive clemency power. Please sign our petition and help raise awareness to end the suffering of the following individuals who are currently incarcerated for cannabis. Countless people do not believe there are people serving time for pot, much less life without parole. Therefore, we have included the names of several cannabis prisoners (many are now free due to advocacy - see below) with a link to their profile pages so you can read their stories. Most have individual change.org petitions you can also access on their page, sign and share. Many volunteers give their time free of charge to help us compile the following list that is still growing. Pedro Moreno is a first offender who has served 23 years on LIFE without parole Donald Fugitt is a first offender serving his 8th year on a 17 year sentenceIsmael Lira is a first offender served 17 years on LIFE without parole Raquel Esquivel is 7 months pregnant and has served over 11 years on 15 year sentence for marijuana. She was out on CARES Act and Bureau of Prisons violated her because she allegedly missed one call so they put her in a county facility. Lance Gloor is a first offender who has served over 5 years on a 10 year sentence for medical marijuana in the state of Washington Luke Scarmazzo has served 13 years on 21.8 years for medical marijuana Diana Marquez is on home confinement due to the CVID-19 pandemic but still needs clemency. She's a first offender who has served 14th year on 30 year sentence for marijuana Gabriel Gomez is serving a 30 year sentenceHector McGurk has served 16 years on LIFE without parole Anthony DeJohn is serving a LIFE sentence Edwin Rubis is serving a 40 year sentence Michael Woods is serving a LIFE sentence Raphael Hernandez-Carillo is serving a LIFE sentence Daniel Longoria is serving a 30 years Travis Longoria is serving 10 years James Maxwell #91900-020, Mohamed Taher #11646-055, Gaetan Dinelle #14494-052, Stephen L Baker #28914-009, Kevin Harden #10210-028, Aaron Pike #09175-056, Jason Gregg #17151-111, Charles Sindylek #25701-017, Sanford Johnson #25702-017, Thomas Anderson #41952-044, Maurice Anderson #94357-071, Derrell McDougal #15091-043, Samory Williams #21919-0212, Stacy Munford #155528-033, Richardo Ashmeade #34233-083, Roger Lee Clarke #34358-479, Demario Malone #10027-025, Allen Woods #44691-066, Jerome Woods #75358-066, Norris Jackson #89950-083, Hosea Harvey #70063-019, Terry Harris #69632-066, Joseph Akers #65108-066, Alan Womack #76192-066, Donyale Jerrell Holloway #20281-043, Gilbert Manning #32228-044, Maurice Capri Scott #47371-044, Norris Jackson #89950-083, Reginald Patterson #01136-112, Juan Montero #29907-480, Dannye McIntosh #05361-028, Kevin Lawrence #07291-043, Steven Davison #39251-479, Tony Lupian-Godines #83504-198, Kerry Lynn Collier #16347-078, James Devon Garrett #33257-045, Zachary Scott Nutt #32471-045, Nicolas Anders Glaholt #32470-045, Cray E. Williams #26991-045, Paul Carrell #24522-045, Derrick Taron White #51466-039, Alexander Santiesteban #98180-004, Uvaldo Luna #78848-179 Steven Baker #28914-009Ira Jackson#93260-020, Michael Pelletier - NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTED! served over 15 years on LIFE without parole. He became a paraplegic at age 11 and his state of Maine legalized pot in 2016 Crystal Munoz - NOW FREE- CLEMENCY GRANTED! Eric McCauley - NOW FREE - COMPASSIONATE RELEASE! is a first offender who served 14 years of a 23 year sentenceRicardo Rojas - NOW FREE - COMPASSIONATE RELEASE served over 23 years on LIFE without parole - age 77 and in a wheelchair. John Knock- NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTED was a first offender who served over 23 years on LIFE without parole Craig Cesal- NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTED Ferrell Scott- CLEMENCY GRANTED was serving LIFE without parole Andy Cox- NOW FREE - COMPASSIONATE RELEASE Joseph Wolcott - NOW FREE - COMPASSIONATE RELEASE!!! was serving a 23 year sentence and has early stages of Alzheimers. Way Long- NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTED is a first offender who has served 21 years of a 50 year sentence - Native American Corvain Cooper- NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTEDhas served 5 years on LIFE without paroleJimmy Romans- NOW FREE - CLEMENCY GRANTED served over 10 years on a 30 year sentence Patricia Albright -NOW FREE - was serving 5 years for cannabis oil Aaron Sandusky - NOW FREE - FIRST STEP ACTwas first offender who served his 10 year sentence for medical marijuana in the state of California Michael Knight is NOW FREE! For more information go to the CAN-DO Foundation pot prisoner page to read more about these cases. Go to Freedom Grow Forever to give a donation and 100% of the proceeds will go onto the commissary books of individual pot prisoners. We need YOUR help so we can continue to write their stories, create profile pages and assign penpals for every cannabis prisoner but more importantly to BRING THEM HOME!
Petition to Joseph Biden
Clemency for Michelle West Serving Life Without Parole
My mom is serving a LIFE sentence for her first and only offense. I was just a small child when she was arrested in 1993. Soon, we will both be in our 30s – I will be in my late 30s, while my mother will be in her 30th year of prison. But my mother is resilient. Despite her distance, she remained incredibly involved in my life, essentially raising me from the confines of prison. She reassured me to do what I was passionate about. I love fashion, so she encouraged me to go to New York City, which I never would have had the courage to do, if not for my mother's belief in me. In New York, my skills caught the eye of Patricia Field, a renowned costume designer for Sex and the City. Ms. Field became my mentor. I left the fashion epicenter of New York City and now reside in Los Angeles. My first job was as an in-house stylist for Mr. Sean Comb's network, Revolt TV. At each step in my career, my mother has advised me and encouraged me. I would not be where I am today without her persistence, constant emails, phone calls, letters, and insight. My mom’s federal life sentence was mandatory back in the 90s. But if she were convicted of the same thing and sentenced today, a life sentence would NOT be mandatory, and a judge would get to decide what is fair. The judge who sentenced her even remarked that his hands were tied. Unfortunately, that change in the law did not apply to old cases. So my mother remains in prison, despite multiple prison staff writing in support of her character and her impressive prison record – which is full of achievements and accolades. I refuse to get married or have children until my mother can be there, in person, to support me. It feels like we are both serving a life sentence, every single day. Right now, only President Biden can free my mother by commuting her life sentence. I hope he will see that my mother truly has earned a second chance. Please, sign and share this petition. My mother's story has been featured in a Revolt TV short documentary, Fusion, The Young Turks, Humans of New York, Truthout.org, just to name a few, and is on the CAN-DO Top 25 Women Who Deserve Clemency. Details of her case and links to coverage can be found on the CAN-DO Foundation website.
Petition to Asa Hutchinson, Leslie Rutledge
Hold The West Memphis Police Accountable
The case of the West Memphis Three, the three young men wrongfully convicted of a triple murder in West Memphis, Arkansas was heard around the world. Two of the boys, Jason and Jessie, were sentenced to life in prison. Damien Echols was sentenced to death.After spending 18+ years in prison, the three gained their freedom through an Alford Plea following cutting-edge DNA testing of physical evidence used to incriminate them. This plea ensured that they would not be able to bring a lawsuit against the state of Arkansas for wrongfully imprisoning them under almost any circumstances... and their records would forever bear the mark of "murder."Fast-forward to 2021: Due to even more advances in DNA testing, evidence that would, apparently, clear the men could be re-tested with even greater accuracy. As such, Damien Echols' legal team has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to have access to the data to submit it to even more rigorous testing.The bad news: the West Memphis Police Department is saying they cannot give it up because it was destroyed in a fire (even though none was reported). This means that they were either lying about the evidence being destroyed or that they destroyed valuable evidence which could clear the names of three innocent men.We are asking Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson, and Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge to compel the West Memphis PD to fulfill their legal obligation to hand over the remaining evidence so the truth may be known once and for all.
Petition to Jay A. York, Cam Ward, Kay Ivey, Steve Marshall
Help Free a Good & Innocent Man - Wrongfully Incarcerated by Mobile County Court & DA
Ten years ago, Leonard Coleman received a life sentence in Mobile, Alabama for a crime another man confessed to committing. Together, I believe we are ready to start asking the hard questions and put our Judges and District Attorneys on trial. How does a hardworking, family-oriented, single father, with no prior convictions, end up being found guilty for a crime with which he had no involvement? In fact, Leonard’s next-door neighbor testified in court to speaking with him for hours during the time the crime took place. Leonard was such a non-threat to society that, prior to being wrongfully convicted, he was issued a TWIC card by the TSA, which requires passing a national background check. Mobile County's inadequate initial investigation process failed Leonard Coleman, mostly because bias existed from the beginning. One of the detectives who interrogated Leonard used to date the victim. Perhaps, because of this, Leonard was the only suspect ever pursued and a false case was purposefully built solely around him, although there were no fingerprint, nor ballistics matches to warrant being held for the crime. The Court's own response to Leonard's appeal highlights this atrocity by saying, "McSpadden testified that he tested all of the Petitioner's firearms and he was unable to identify any of them as the weapon that killed the victim." The truth is that no one witnessed the event, other than a vulnerable and innocent 4-year-old child, who suffered a speech and developmental disability called echolalia. The condition had been diagnosed by a speech pathologist - a graduate of the University of Alabama. Trial transcripts of her testimony have her on record saying that the child demonstrated red flags for autism. Because he would often parrot what others said, authorities coached him into giving a false statement against Leonard. Testimonies from his family at trial revealed that he could not yet dial phone numbers by himself, but that it sounded like someone took the phone from him and hung it up during the crime window. The Mobile County District Attorney, Ashley Rich, likely knew the child's statements were unreliable, as she covered herself by presenting a motion to declare the witness unavailable. The trial transcript reads, according to DA Ashley Rich, "we attempted to solicit testimony from him at the grand jury but were unable to lay the proper predicate as to whether or not he understood the difference between right and wrong due to his young tender years." Even more alarming is that, towards the end of Leonard's trial, the presiding Judge stated, "I was trying to be a good judge so there wouldn't be errors on appeal and I know several other things just like that and I'm going to zip up my lip." In October of 2020, Leonard’s uncle came across two gentlemen in a barber shop, I believe by divine intervention. These men, close friends of the true offender, were saddened to learn that Leonard was wrongfully incarcerated, because they both knew who actually committed the crime in question. On October 26, 2020, they put their official testimonies on file, with M and M Investigations, stating in detail how, shortly before taking his own life, the perpetrator confessed to them how he was able to execute the crime and subsequently use the child to frame Leonard. A few months later, a third witness came forward to corroborate their stores – recalling how she heard the perpetrator threaten the victim, "B****, I am going to make sure you die too." This evidence was filed with the Mobile County Circuit Court, under District Attorney Ashley Rich, on April 20, 2021. Yet, regrettably, the Assistant DA filed a motion on 8/10/2021 to have my husband’s evidence dismissed as hearsay. The dark side of our system is that Leonard, an African American man, was found guilty in a Southern State, by a White Judge, White District Attorney, and an all-White (11/12) jury. If we think about it, he never stood a chance. Not to mention, Leonard’s case is not the only wrongful conviction specifically associated with Mobile, Alabama. Internet research shows that Bryan Douglas Cannon, Raymond Shane Greene, Dennis Morgan Hicks, Scott Jones, and Rodney Stanberry are also claiming false convictions by the Mobile County Circuit Court, or District Attorney Ashley Rich. My 16-year-old son recently reflected that we all have only one life to live and expressed his feelings about the unfairness of my husband losing so many years of his life. It’s time we unite to give Leonard his chance at freedom and at being reunited with his wife, children, and family. It also goes without saying that the victim’s family members, especially her son, deserve to live the rest of their lives knowing the truth. They have suffered more than their share of loss, as well. We are grateful for every signature and ask that you stand in solidarity with us by sharing this petition with as many people as you can. Continue on the journey with us by following us @JusticeforLeonardColeman on Instagram. Additionally, if my husband's story has touched your heart, please consider reaching out to the Governor of Alabama at https://contact.governor.alabama.gov/contact.aspx and the Mobile County DA’s Office in regards to this clear human rights violation. Mobile County District Attorney: (251) 574-8400 District Attorney Ashley Rich: (251) 574-5000 Assistant DA Chris McDonough: (251) 574-3404 Presiding Judge: Jay A. York Podcasts: The Law And Justice Podcast - Justice For Leonard Coleman https://youtu.be/3NdBYxHjsdA
Enforce DWI Laws and Provide Treatment for Offenders in New Mexico
DWI's are all too common in New Mexico and continues to be a huge public safety issue. As of October 2021, New Mexico ranks #6 in the U.S. for the most fatality rates and arrests due to drinking and driving. In 2019, there were 107 alcohol-related vehicle accidents in New Mexico, with 152 people tragically losing their life. The first DWI offense in New Mexico is considered a misdemeanor, and the penalties are often extremely lenient. Depending on the severity, the law states that the offender may have their driver's license revoked for a period of 90 days, pay small court fines/restitution, or complete community service. In the event that there are higher BAC levels, the offender will have to comply with the above and potentially have an interlock in their car for around six months once their license is renewed. Nearly 75 percent of first time DWI offenders continue driving after they are convicted, so it is evident that a suspended driver's license does very little to actually stop offenders from continuing to drive under the influence. A second DWI offense is also a misdemeanor, and includes the same punishments as a first time conviction. The only difference is that drug/alcohol classes and treatment are added to their sentence. For a second offense specifically, reoffenders face probation up to 5 years in lieu of jail time, however, rarely receive either consequence to the fullest extent. The laws are put into place for a reason, so why aren’t they being enforced? Clearly these punishments are not severe enough for many offenders because the recidivism rate is about 50 percent! A DWI does not become a felony until the fourth offense, which is completely illogical...if someone has four DWI's and is not receiving appropriate consequences, there is something wrong with New Mexico state laws. Even with multiple offenses, the courts usually give the MINIMUM sentence. Harsher punishments need to be imposed for people who senselessly get behind the wheel and risk everyone's life around them without a second thought. Admittedly, there are people who make mistakes and need treatment. Rehabilitation is extremely important and a necessity in certain cases with reoffenders and should be mandatory once sentenced. Offenders can and should be provided with proper resources to attend treatment, all while being held legally responsible for their actions. The outcome will be propitious if the offender faces the consequences of their actions AND receives the treatment they need! One way of accomplishing this is to impose stricter conditions of release for pre-trial offenders. Instead of only telling them they cannot possess a handgun, drink or drive, or leave the county, the criminal justice system should have an offender be placed on a GPS device, submit weekly drug tests, and attend weekly drug and alcohol treatment. Each of these has costs associated with them, so it would generate a lot of income to the New Mexico economy. This would help fund more treatment services and allow offenders to receive the treatment they need and deserve. By signing this petition, you are helping save the lives of loved ones, yourself, and others in your community. If we do not take the steps to make changes that are so desperately needed, innocent people will continue to lose their lives, and people will continue to reoffend without getting the help they may need. Please do your part...let's hold our state officials and DWI offenders accountable. Aside from signing the petition, I encourage you to call or email your representatives to let them know we are not giving up until changes are made! Their contact information is below. Mayor Tim Keller Phone: (505) 768-3000 Email: email@example.com Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Phone: (505) 476-2200 Contact: https://www.governor.state.nm.us/contact-the-governor/ Senator Joseph Cervantes Phone: (575) 523-9334 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Ben Ray Lujan Phone: (202) 224-6621 Email: email@example.com Representative Yvette Herrell Phone: (202) 225-2365 Representative Teresa Legel Fernandez Phone: (202) 225-6190 Melanie Stansbury Phone: (202) 225-6316 Senator Martin Heinrich Phone: (202) 224-5521 Helpful Links 1) Leniency of consequences for multiple DWI offenses in New Mexico: https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/repeat-dwi-offender-owens-gets-5-months-in-jail/article_5de5f936-9294-5aad-9a92-a385feceeb39.html 2) Effects of drinking and driving: https://www.newmethodwellness.com/effects-of-drunk-driving-accidents/ 3) Rehabilitation Information for Addicts: https://www.addicted.org/new-mexico-long-term-drug-rehab.html
Petition to Georgia Governor, Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate, GEORGIA STATE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES
Second Chance for GA JUVENILE LIFERS
Giving a second chance to adults that committed crimes as Juveniles ages 16 and under. That have been incarcerated for 20 - 30+ years. After decades in prison aging out of criminal behavior, have become rehabilitated, and proven themselves to have earned a chance at freedom. No one should be defined for the rest of their lives by their worst mistake. Science has proven that children lack the maturity to comprehend consequences. Have impulsive behavior. And are peer pressured into doing things that later in life they regret. The United States Supreme Court ruled that it is a Constitutional violation of the 8th Amendment cruel and unusual punishment. To sentence a child to die in prison. See Roper v. Simmons, Graham v. Florida, Miller v. Alabama, Montgomery v. Louisiana. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in 2016 Montgomery v. Louisiana opinion " their hope for some years of life outside prison walls must be restored." Morally an act of mercy and forgiveness is giving them a second chance to become productive citizens in society. Contributing to their communities. Returning to their families. Not discarded, and imprisoned for the rest of their lives. The early 1990's "Superpredator" theory of John J. DiIulio Jr. which targeted young black teens as heartless and ruthless. Has had consequences lasting decades. He now retracts and admits that he was wrong. But the now adults who were victims of his fictional theory are still affected and are languishing in prisons thru out the nation. Possibly the Juvenile Lifers in GA prison system could be identified by the GA Parole Board and given a separate consideration from their adult counterparts. Georgia Senate Democrat Candidate Raphael Warnock says " Somebody's got to open up the jails and let our children go." Please visit the link https://youtu.be/6X5lYvvgKf4 to see the now adults who were juveniles and sentenced to LIFE in prison. You can find each individual by going to the Georgia Department of Corrections Offender Query website for additional information.
Petition to Ann Wagner
Holding prosecutors accountable when they become corrupt
In our current legal system when a prosecutor becomes corrupt to advances career there are no repercussions for a prosecutor railroading a man knowing he is innocent withholding exculpatory evidence change in jury instructions and the like. Unfortunately prosecutors are judged by their conviction rate the more convictions the better they are viewed as being Andrew Wiseman who is now a federal prosecutor is a famous example of this as was written about by Sidney Powell in her book called license to lie Andrew Wiseman did not present exculpatory evidence he changed jury instructions and combine two federal laws to make a law up a man who owned a financial investment firm was financially ruined was sent to prison and 85,000 people lost their jobs the appeals went all the way up to the supreme Court where the supreme Court unanimously ruled that the case was a travesty of Justice what was Andrew wiseman's punishment for this he was promoted to a more powerful position. In Illinois the governor commuted all death row inmates sentenced to life because so many death row inmates were found to be innocent with DNA evidence. And recently the Kyle Rittenhouse trial shows what a corrupt prosecutor can do in this prosecutor will suffer no consequences. What if it was your loved one who was being falsely in prison it seems nowadays that unless something affects us we do not care. Any American citizen can find themselves in the legal system or let's say you have a prosecutor that don't like you he can falsely in prison you and will not be held accountable at all for doing so. This petition is to get Congress to write legislation holding corrupt prosecutors accountable where they will be punished with jail time or bard and not able to practice law anymore. We have a wonderful legal system if it is free of corruption. Prosecutors need to quit being judged by their conviction rate and they need to be held accountable when they fall slam prison people intentionally.