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criminal justice reform

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Petition to Larry Hogan

State clemency

     My brother, Harold Morris (Junior) has been convicted and sentenced to 40 years in Maryland state prison for selling marijuana. He will serve the mandatory minimum of 20 years (no parole) before he is released. He has been accused of being a Kingpin. Kingpins are dangerous leaders of a drug operation (such as El Chapo).     My brothers case is extremely rare because anyone who has been accused of Kingpin is usually charged federally. Because there is always transporting/trafficking involved. Which he was found not guilty of.       The federal authority’s did investigate his case and chose not to charge him.  So the state decided to keep the kingpin charge against him. There was no witnesses, confidential informants, undercover police, or anyone who was apart of this “drug operation” to identify him as the leader of this operation. Not a single other person was arrested related to his case other than his girlfriend. There were no weapons, considering he’s a dangerous kingpin. There was literally no evidence making him this.     Junior doesn’t deserve (nor does anyone) to spend the rest of his young life in prison for a non violent crime. For something that he was convicted of based on “assumptions”. When this trial started 2 years ago, he completely turned his life around. He knew he couldn’t change what happened but he did his absolute best to change the things in his life that could be changed.      Junior is an outstanding father of four children, who he has full custody of.  He and his children served God in their church faithfully every Sunday, where they have been saved and baptized. There he became a leader of his church and has inspired and gave hope to so many people. he would pray loudly, thanking god and praying for everyone, instead of himself.      He has spent the last two years doing so much for his church and his community. Such as coaching youth baseball for his youngest sons team. Any extra time he has was spent with his children. He couldn’t wait to get home and have fun with them. Junior also is he supervisor at his HVAC job and is known to be the best employee in the company. He used his skills to repair the broken air conditioning system in the church. He would do this every night after working his regular job. Sometimes he wouldn’t get home until midnight or later. He did all this free of charge. He did all this because that’s who he is. He is a selfless, kind and inspirational person and father. He has been focused on being the best person he can be, the person he truly is.     So many were so sure that god would save him from this nightmare that he’s living right now. But we are so confused and unsure of why this is happening to him.  Nearly 20 people wrote letters to the judge describing the person who he really is and all he has done to help so many. The same people who showed up to his sentencing begging and pleading and crying to the judge to show some mercy. The judge was clearly remorseful and did understand that junior is a good person and had already turned things around before his conviction. But the judge explained that all he could do if suspend 20 years of the 40 and must give him the 20 mandatory minimum. That the law requires it and there’s nothing he can do to change that. Harford county made a mistake by accusing of him as being a Kingpin.    He has thrived so much and trying so hard to be so good, and seeing him taken away to prison for so long. His children are completely devastated. I don’t know what I can really do here. I just hope this helps him some how. His children need him. He is not a person that belongs in prison for 20 years and so many stand by him and defend what I am saying.      We now need to take the next step and ask Governor Hogan to review his case and help in any way he can. It’s all we have left. I’m not asking the governor to just make it all go away, we just can’t sit around and let him spend decades in prison when he didn’t hurt a single person. Every signature for this petition means so much to us and my brothers four children.          Thank you and God bless. 

Samantha Clark
876 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Jason Anderson, Department of Justice

Help my husband Deshawn T. who has been in jail for 7 years for a crime he didn’t commit

My husband Deshawn Thomas has spent 7 years in county jail since he was 17 years old with no conviction for a crime he didn’t commit. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Deshawn was at a park waiting for a ride home due to his mom not being able to pick him up. His friend the (driver) who is also his co defendant arrived to pick him up and take him home. Before they left the other two teenage co defendants arrived to the park in which Deshawn and the driver where asked if they knew someone who sold marijuana. My husband connected him to SOMEONE who knew a dealer, but DID NOT know the direct dealer. (The drug dealer is son of a probation officer) They set up a buy but the plan changed once the co defendant (the shooter) arranged the plan to rob the drug dealer.  Deshawn disagreed and decided to take off with the driver and go back home. He did not want to participate in this new plan.  That’s when everything went wrong. While Deshawn and the driver where on their way back home. The driver received a call from the shooter asking him to turn around to pick them up. When the shooter and the his co defendant got picked up they had said everything went wrong and shot the drug dealer.  Today, 7 years later, Deshawn is still being held without bail for a crime he had no part in. No one should be held for 7 years without a trial, especially not a 17 year old who had no record of violence, and did not commit this crime. Deshawn didn’t want to be part of what happened that night. Our broken justice system has kept him from justice. Our constitution is supposed to give us the right to a speedy trial, not abandon someone in jail who has never been found guilty by a jury or a judge.  We can’t give Deshawn those seven years back. He should have been starting his life with me and his family. It’s time for San Bernardino District Attorney Jason Anderson to drop these charges and let Deshawn come home as the new law SB1437 has been in effect as of January 2019.

Ana Thomas
60,455 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump

President Trump: Commute the Prison Sentence of Former Rapper "Loon"

Former Bad Boy Records recording artist "Loon" is serving an unjust sentence in federal prison for a very minor role in a non-violent drug offense. Mr. President, please grant him a presidential commutation of sentence. Chauncey Hawkins, professionally known as Loon, was a multi-Platinum-selling recording artist signed to Bad Boy Records. He is most known for his hit songs with P. Diddy "I Need A Girl Part 1" featuring Usher and "I Need A Girl Part 2" featuring Ginuwine.  In 2008, Loon left the music industry to pursue a better, positive life after reverting to Islam and was traveling the world as a motivational speaker. He now goes by Amir Junaid Muhadith. However, while he was still in the music industry he made an introduction for someone who was involved with drugs and he got snared in a federal drug conspiracy case. He pleaded guilty for this minor role and agreed to a 14-year sentence to avoid the “trial tax” he would receive if he rejected the government's plea offer, which included very lengthy mandatory minimum enhancement penalties that would flow from a conviction after trial. Prisons should be reserved for those who really need to be there.  At the White House Prison Reform Summit, which I had the privilege of attending, you expressed concern for long sentences and stressed the importance of second chances for low-risk offenders. In commuting the prison sentence of Alice Johnson, you stated that “those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance.” Amir has done both. And while thousands of offenders will be released or see their sentences shortened as a result of the First Step Act, the new law does not benefit Amir. He has already served 7 years of his sentence. This should be enough. Mr. President - like Alice Johnson - Amir is deserving of your mercy and will be a better asset to the community as a free man where he intends to serve his community through the development of effective re-entry programs. Please commute the remainder of his sentence without delay, so Amir can return home to his family and community, where he can use his talents to benefit others rather than simply being warehoused. Sincerely, Weldon Angelos

Weldon Angelos
8,755 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Governor of South Carolina

Another innocent man in jail please sign to Free Curtis Price!!!!

Curtis L Price was falsely accused and unconstitutionally convicted of an armed robbery he had nothing to do with. Please sign this petition to exonerate Curtis Price of this false crime, so that he can finally receive justice after 14 years of being falsely imprisoned. The intent of this position is to ask the Governor of South Carolina to right the wrong done to an innocent man.   More details: 35 Years for 1 lb. of Marijuana!!! In 2003, Curtis Price was falsely accused of an armed robbery of an Applebee's he had never set foot in. All because his then girlfriend kept driving as he released several hand fulls of marijuana out the window during the chase. Had he known that the police were looking for an armed robbery suspect he would have gladly pulled over to clear up the mistaken identity. The Greenville P.D. made a huge error in pursuing the wrong man. To make matters worse, once they discovered the mix up, they brutalized him, instead of acknowledging that they had the wrong man. Beating & tasing him until he was unconscious. Curtis awoke to find himself stripped NAKED and handcuffed in the back of an ambulance on his way to the hospital! Curtis was arrested & indicted for armed robbery with a deadly weapon: a handgun, pointing a firearm & use of a weapon. The trial judge threw out the pointing a firearm, being that the State failed to introduce any weapon other than a plastic toy gun! So the failure to produce a firearm at trial should have given the judge grounds to dismiss the case but being that Curtis was a 6'3" dark-skinned Black male with dreadlocks whose girlfriend was a young white woman he was not allowed to get a fair trial. The State changed their story from an armed robbery with a DEADLY WEAPON to armed robbery with a toy gun! Without a Grand Jury, A Violation of Due Process! The indictment was altered at trial; a violation of the both constitutions (South Carolina & The United States). We The People must demand Justice be done in the form of a full pardon to begin with! This is another tragic case of racial profiling, Police Brutality, over sentencing, the decriminalization of Marijuana and corruption in high places. Your help is needed. Will you help free an innocent man who has endured 14yrs of torture? Your signature will make a difference. Help make this wrong done, right.

Maria Raffeo
103 supporters