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criminal justice reform

94 petitions

Started 2 days ago

Petition to Michael Rubin, meek mills, Reform, Robert Kraft, Bob kraft, Bill Haslam

Meek Mills & Michael Rubin #Reform to assist in Cynthia (Cyntonia) Brown Case

ProblemJudge: Cyntoia Brown, a child sex slave who killed man who bought her, must serve 51 years in prison before she’s eligible for releaseCelebrities like Rihanna, Gabrielle Union and Kim Kardashian West have previously advocated for Brown's releaseCyntoia Brown was just 16 years old and a victim of child sex trafficking when she was charged in 2004 with killing a 43-year-old Nashville real estate agent who solicited sex from her. Today, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Brown must serve at least 51 years in prison before she’s eligible for release.The court ruled defendants like Brown, who are convicted of first-degree murder committed after July 1, 1995 and sentenced to life imprisonment, can’t become eligible for release from prison before serving more than five decades, according to Pix 11 News.Brown said she killed Johnny Mitchell Allen, also known as “Kut Throat” after she feared he would kill her. Allen allegedly drove Brown to his house in his pickup truck. There, Brown saw a gun cabinet in Allen’s room, she said during her trial. Brown said she became convinced he was going to kill her after he appeared to reach under the bed. Fearing for her life, she shot him in the back of the head, in bed, with a .40-caliber gun.In a unanimous decision on Thursday, the court’s five justices ruled that despite Brown’s age, her sentence was constitutional. Thursday’s ruling came in response to a lawsuit in which Brown argued her sentence was unconstitutional, citing a 2012 opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court that said mandatory life sentences without parole for juvenile offenders violate the US Constitution.In 2011, the PBS documentary, Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story details the atrocities that Brown suffered. Allen, said to be her pimp, allegedly forced her into prostitution and she was regularly raped, choked, beaten and drugged, according to an earlier article in The Grio.In its ruling, the Tennessee Supreme Court explained in a statement that “under state law, a life sentence is a determinate sentence of 60 years. However, the sixty-year sentence can be reduced by up to 15 percent, or 9 years, by earning various sentence credits.”According to the Tennessee code, those credits include recognition for good behavior or participation in educational or vocational training programs.#FreeCyntoiaBrownA district court had earlier denied Brown’s motion, stating that she hadn’t been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole — rather a life sentence.The case is pending judgment by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to share its opinion.During a clemency hearing in May, the Tennessee Board of Parole was split on its recommendation to Gov. Bill Haslam. Two of the six members voted to grant clemency, two to deny it, and two to make her eligible for parole after 25 years.Prosecutors at that hearing said Brown killed Allen to rob him, not to defend herself.After the initial sentencing, Brown’s case drew attention from celebrities like Rihanna, Gabrielle Union and Kim Kardashian West who began advocating for mercy. Her story spread on social media using the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown.By Dawn Onley GrioSolutionRapper Meek Mill and billionaire entrepreneur Michael Rubin partnered to fight for criminal justice reform through a new organization that will push to reform the laws that govern sentencing, probation, bail, and other aspects of the criminal justice system. Tennessee and other states that mirror its archaic system of justice need immediate reform.

tayla andre
28 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Senate

Stop Apple & Samsung From Making You A Criminal Because You Fixed Your Phone

Visit: http://applevictims.org  Stop Apple, Samsung, and the US government from criminalizing the act of getting your cell phone repaired. Do not let them take away your rights to fix your broken cell phone at a repair center of your choice. Tell Apple, Samsung, and the US government that NO, you will not be labeled a criminal and dragged into prison. If you are part of the 50 million Americans who had your iPhone fixed by anyone besides an Apple repair center or your Samsung phone by anyone besides a Samsung repair center, you, by current federal law, are considered a criminal and could face prison time. If you ever repaired your Apple or Samsung device outside of an Apple or Samsung repair center or sold your fixed phone, you face up to 90 years in prison. Say thank you to Apple and Samsung. Does this sound like a fairy tale? Can it be true? In the USA? Welcome to the brave new world where the US government has become a puppet in the hands of large corporations, specifically Apple and Samsung. The recent arrests of sellers of repaired phones are a chilling reminder of the power that Apple and Samsung have over the US government. Apple or Samsung demanded that the US Government label any cell phone that repaired outside of their repair centers as counterfeits and fake. These corporate giants are well on their way to limit consumer choice and destroy the cell phone repair industry. It’s a well-known fact that Apple has a policy that refuses to sell their parts to third-party repair stores. Ycombinator.com reports that“Apple does not sell parts–and thus ‘genuine OEM parts’ do not exist outside of an Apple store.” Cell phone insurance companies such as SquareTrade and Asurion, and most cell phone repair centers fix phones using mainly aftermarket parts or refurbished parts. Apple and Samsung make it impossible for most companies to purchase new original parts. Now, Apple and Samsung claim that parts not purchased from Apple and Samsung are counterfeit or fake. Sounds like a catch-22? With the help of some inside the US government, they are trying to criminalize the entire cell phone repair and insurance industry. The chase for more profits by Apple and Samsung to monopolize the electronics industry appears to know no bounds. They have already taken action against several families, including the Babichenko’s, where twenty-four children now face the genuine possibility of growing up without their parents – whom each faces ninety years behind bars. All charges stem from some members of the Babichenko family selling repaired iPhone and Samsung devices. Ironic for Apple and Samsung– companies that portray themselves as icons for human rights and progressive business practices. So where does this put more than 8,500 third party repair centers and more than 22,000 repair technicians? Where does this leave the nation’s largest phone insurance providers that ensure tens of millions of electronic devices? These well-known brands such as SquareTrade an Allstate company, Asurion, Staples, Batteries Plus and Bulb, CPR repair, Ubreakifix, and hundreds of other repair facilities mainly use quality non-Apple and Samsung parts that are much more affordable to consumers. The policy of SquareTrade found on their website states “Replacement parts will be new, rebuilt or non-original manufacturer’s parts that perform to the factory specifications of the product at our sole option.” What can US businesses and citizens do to protect themselves? First, sign this petition and spread it on social media. Send letters, emails and call your government representatives. Stop buying Apple and Samsung devices – especially on Amazon and eBay. Companies such as SquareTrade, Asurion, Staples, Batteries Plus and Bulb, CPR repair, join the fight! Our world should not belong to companies that suppress our freedoms. More than 50 million US citizens and 8,500 3rdparty repair centers should not stand for being labeled criminals. Vote with your wallets, stand up to your government, and say no to the demonization of consumer choice and the free market.  

Peter Babichenko
1,061 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to David Perdue

Georgians, Tell Senator Purdue to Support the First Step Act!

Senator David Perdue is critical to the first step toward ending mass incarceration in the United States. We need Senator Perdue to stand behind the First Step Act to reduce recidivism, promote public safety and improve fairness in sentencing of federal crimes. Georgia made incredible strides under Governor Deal to reform pretrial detention and rights restoration. As a result, Georgia’s prison population is nearly 12 percent smaller than was projected, and over $260 million taxpayer dollars have been diverted to evidence-based practices. It’s time for the nation to follow Georgia’s lead and make criminal justice reform a priority.   The good news: A strong bipartisan Congress coalition is making prison reform a top priority! Also, Community stakeholders are united over the First Step Act, including the ACLU and Fraternal Order of Police. The First Step Act (FSA) passed the House in May by a wide, bipartisan margin of 360-59, and President Trump has agreed to enact the bill once it hits his desk BUT first, the FSA must garner 60 votes in the Senate to become law.  We need our Republican Senators to step up to the plate and back this Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform agenda, and it won't happen without your support!  Call your Senator to have your voice heard! These next 10 days are critical: The sooner you reach out, the more likely it is that your voice will influence their position! For the more than 70,000 non-violent offenders in federal prisons today, there should be no further delay in a meaningful path toward reentry. CALL (404) 865-0087 to tell Sen. Perdue that the First Step Act must pass! 

20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center
32 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Free Joe Hunt

  In 1988, one true crime story dominated the news cycle: The Billionaire Boys Club. Three decades later, the story has faded from the tabloids, but it remains the painful present-day reality of club leader Joe Hunt, who remains in prison, serving a sentence of life without possibility of parole for a murder he maintains that he did not commit. Hunt readily admits to financial misdeeds — he became the unwitting head of a ponzi scheme when a con man named Ron Levin bilked him out of a half million of his investors’ dollars, leaving Joe holding the bag. The 23-year-old Hunt naively overextended himself when he took Levin at his word that he would fund a large commodities investment intended to repay investors with a handsome profit. Instead, Levin assured Hunt he could proceed with a purchase made with nonexistent funds. That’s when law enforcement got involved. Soon after, Levin, who was out on bail and facing an FBI investigation for grand theft and fraud, went missing. In response to police inquiries, the rich kids of the Billionaire Boys club directed attention away from themselves and pointed to Joe, the scholarship kid. Prosecutors decided to charge Joe with Levin’s murder, even with no body and no forensic evidence. In addition to defending their client, Joe’s lawyers were burdened with the task of filing a judicial misconduct motion for mistrial after Judge Laurence Rittenband, well known as a “prosecutor’s judge,” slapped one member of the defense team with a gag order, leaving a workload meant to be divided among two lawyers to just one. A Los Angeles Times article about the judge’s conduct explained that the mistrial motion raised charges that “Rittenband deliberately elicited prejudicial evidence against Hunt by questioning witnesses, that he belittled and banished defense staff from the courtroom, that he frequently refused to allow the defense to approach the bench to voice objections and that he aligned himself with the prosecution by grimacing, smirking and showing impatience and disbelief at crucial points in the defense’s cross-examination of witnesses.” Ultimately, Hunt’s media notoriety (which extended to a fictionalized 1980s made-for-TV movie and a 2018 version of his story starring Kevin Spacey) worked against him in the trial, and he was sentenced to life without possibility of parole — which many observers characterized as an unjust sentence, especially in a murder case with no physical evidence — not even a body. Hunt’s sentence is an anomaly, not comparable to those of his fellow Boys Club members or even far more notorious criminals. For example, even the psychopathic cult leader Charles Manson was granted several opportunities to go before a parole board for his role in multiple murders. Yet Hunt has has never been granted the right to a parole board hearing. Grants of parole consideration are made not by guilt or innocence, but by an evaluation of an inmate’s rehabilitation, as well as an evaluation of any threat they may pose to public safety. Hunt hangs his hopes on a commutation application that, if granted, would give him the opportunity to go before a parole board. Hunt, if given the opportunity, could make a strong case. His prison record is blemish-free, and his commutation application includes many letters of support, including letters from prison guards and chaplains. He has raised thousands for his church, ministered and offered legal assistance to fellow inmates, and more than met the standards set forth in California Penal Code section 4852.05, which states: "During the period of rehabilitation the person shall live an honest and upright life, shall conduct himself or herself with sobriety and industry, shall exhibit a good moral character, and shall conform to and obey the laws of the land." Joe is asking only that the Governor change his sentence to life WITH the possibility of parole. Joe is simply seeking the opportunity many in his same position have been granted: a chance to go before a parole board and plead his case. “In my opinion, Hunt has no inclination to re-offend. All of his activities appear directed towards positive goals,” wrote a correctional officer from Pleasant Valley State Prison. “He has a reputation for helping others. I would place him solidly in the top one percent as far as suitability for reintegration with society.” It’s testimonies like these — 47 in all are included with his application — that form the last remaining basis for Hunt’s hope of release. “I do hope that attention is drawn to the fight of people who have life without the possibility of parole,” Hunt said of the website his family has created to share information about his campaign for release, FreeJoeHunt.com. Hunt explained that like himself, many of his fellow inmates who have been incarcerated since their youth have made profound changes by the time they reach middle age. “So I do hope that society as a whole becomes acquainted with this fact and they make room for the fact that the the work they have done is redemptive, and possibility invite them back to that role in society.” Learn more at https://FreeJoeHunt.com    

Family of Joe Hunt
11,249 supporters