criminal justice reform
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Clemency for Larry Hoover, Serving 6 Life Sentences for Non-Violent, Drug Related Offenses
Larry has spent over 2 decades in solitary confinement in ADX Supermax in Florence, Colorado. He is serving 6 life sentences for non violent drug related offenses. Before being sentenced to spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement, and with gang violence beginning to surge in Chicago and other inner cities, Larry, while serving time in Illinois State Prison, penned a manifesto called “The Blueprint” which was intended to eradicate gang violence from the streets and to steer those who were previously involved in such activities towards inner city growth and development. By steering folks towards civic engagement, it would aid in disposing these depressed areas of gang violence. Also, while still in Illinois State Prison, Larry organized “United in Peace” an anti-gang violence summit which was in direct response to an increase in gang violence in Chicago and other Mid-West cities. Larry’s new focus towards eradicating gang violence speaks directly to his efforts to not only rehabilitate himself, but to rehabilitate the inner cities. His God given gift for organization and leadership aided in the drop in gang violence in Chicago- a city that has historically been known for severe gang activity. Due to Larry’s efforts with United in Peace gang violence dropped precipitously and more people in Chicago were becoming actively engaged in local politics. Through his 21st Century Vote initiative, perhaps the most rigorous inner city get out the vote campaign his country has seen, candidates who received his endorsement were being competitive in political races across Chicago and in the Midwest. Once the federal government received notice of this work, they maliciously prosecuted him and the rest of 21st Century Vote in order to dismantle their efforts. Ultimately, through seemingly illegal wiretapping of unwitting prison visitors who came to see Larry, the federal government used this evidence to convict him of 6 life sentences all spent in severe isolation in the most secure prison in the world; robbing him of human contact. Since his federal conviction, he has been housed in the same unit as the Unabomber, Al Queda leadership and notorious serial killers. At ADX the Control Unit is the most secure and isolated unit currently in use. Prisoners in the Control Unit are isolated from the other prisoners at all times, even during recreation, for extended terms often lasting six years. Their only meaningful contact with other humans is with ADX staff members. Larry, for 19 years was housed in the Control Unit. The compliance of Control Unit prisoners with institutional rules is assessed monthly. A prisoner is given credit for serving a month of his Control Unit time only if he maintains clear conduct for the entire month. As mentioned above, Larry had clear conduct for 17 years straight, but was still resigned to spend ALL of that time in the Control Unit without being removed. It’s important to highlight that ADX Supermax tells its inmates that to be moved from this prison to a less restrictive unit and ultimately earn their way out of ADX, inmates must maintain clear conduct for a specific time- usually 36 months(as mentioned above, Larry had 17 straight years of clear conduct), participate in recommended programs and demonstrate a positive institutional adjustment. These 36 months consist of extreme isolation inside of a cell on an average of 23 hours a day, including during during meals. For these reasons, Larry presents a compelling and appropriate case for clemency and the ability to be removed during the process to a federal prison that provides him comfort as a senior citizen. With no parole in the federal system and no ability to make an appeal to be removed to a less severe prison where Larry can be closer to his family in Illinois, he has essentially been condemned to die under the threat of isolation and the inability to feel the human touch of his loved ones. Unless Larry is given mercy by the President, he will not be able to achieve these basic requests. Keeping Larry in ADX serves no practical purpose. He has shown that he can and is more than willing to help clean up Chicago and other inner cities. To keep him from this meaningful work would only be a negative. Furthermore, to keep him housed in ADX will only continue to waste taxpayer money. Larry has more than paid his debt to society by serving the past 2 decade’s years of his life in isolation laboring under the dark cloud of dying there.
Petition to US State Attorneys General
Give People a Fair Chance to Rebuild their Lives by Expunging and Clearing their Records.
Decades of overcriminalization and mass incarceration has left 77 million people with a criminal record. Having a criminal record, even minor, can have a lifetime of consequences. A record makes fulfilling basic human needs undeniably challenging. Finding a secure job, safe and stable housing, obtaining a student loan, no matter how long ago the conviction occurred, is an ongoing battle. Nearly half of all children in the US have at least one parent with a criminal record and many of those children are separated from their parents. The barriers that come with a record have a rippling effect for generations. Many states have several hundreds of thousands of people eligible for expungement but they are without a clear or easy pathway to having their record cleared. The process is out-dated and complex, legal fees are costly, making expungement inaccessible for everyday people. Some people aren’t even aware they are eligible for expungement. We are advocating for widespread implementation of automated expungement and for expanded eligibility for expungement. We are urging every state to implement speedy, accessible, and thorough processes to automatically expunge the records of all who are eligible. A record shouldn’t last a lifetime. Give people a fair chance to rebuild their lives by clearing their records. Everyone deserves a second chance. Visit Equity First Alliance and National Expungement Week for more info on how to get involved and for expungement clinics in your city. @equityfirstalliance | @expungementweek
Petition to Ron DeSantis
FREE RICHARD DELISI - 30+ Years served in Florida for Cannabis Related Charges
How much is enough? Taxpayers are spending enormous sums to keep thousands of harmless old men behind bars for long-forgotten drug deals. The Clemency Report ranks Richard DeLisi, 66, as Florida’s top prisoner deserving a sentence commutation. DeLisi, whose family ran a successful auto body repair business in the 1980s, was sentenced to three consecutive 30-year terms, or 90 years, for an offense that had a guideline range of 12 to 17 years. No violence was involved. Today, instead of the grandkids hearing colorful tales of grandpa’s days as a bootlegger during marijuana prohibition, the stories to be told are about Florida’s fiscally reckless and repetitiously harmful arrest-and-imprison response to marijuana cases. We don’t execute people for speeding.Nor do we give three-second sentences for murder. Proportion matters. Ninety years for marijuana? Too much. Richard has applied twice for clemency. No luck. After 31 ears behind bars for marijuana — and another 2 to go before possible parole at age 74 — we asked Richard what he’d do if released early. “First, I’d more than likely cry,” he said. We also wondered what he’s lost from the pointless years of his imprisonment? He said: “In the 31 years I’ve been incarcerated I’ve lost the following loved ones: The first to join our loved ones in heaven was my wife Colette. She was 45 years old. Three months later, my son Steven died. He was 23. My father is 92 years old and in an assisted living facility. My Mother Margaret just Passed away in 2014. My First Son Richard was 11 when I got arrested. My daughter Ashley was about to turn three when I got arrested (in 1988). All the things a father is supposed to share with his children, I’ve lost. First day of school, scraped knees, boyfriend heartbreaks, graduation, etc. My Daughter Ashley doesn’t seem to care about any of that though, She is so loving and forgiving she is towards me.” My Son and Nephew have also started www.freedelisi.com Sometimes people think drug offenders doing insanely long sentences have only themselves to blame. That’s a lazy way to think about it. People who support drug prohibition don’t like to discuss their moral responsibility, the concept that moral limits exist on what they may do to drug offenders. In Richard’s case, prohibitionists have gone far beyond what they may morally do to others. However well-meaning drug war supporters may imagine themselves, when the prison clock keeps running, decade after decade, into the Medicare years, the finger of moral culpability is no longer pointing in its original direction.
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 FreeRoss.org.
Petition to Donald J Trump, Department of Justice, Entrepreneurs
Support the Release of 15,000+ Wrongfully Convicted Americans!
Learn about how the Obama administration attacked and illegally imprisoned 15,000 small business owners! Read actual victim stories here! ***** COALITION DOCUMENTS ACCESSIBLE HERE. PLEASE INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN THE COALITION Coalition Documents Coalition Petition COALITION'S EFFORTS ATTRACTING ATTENTION OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA Mainstream media story lead MORE MEDIA ATTENTION...COALITION GAINING MOMENTUM https://www.theamericanreporter.com/what-ever-happened-to-matt-hutcheson-part-1/ 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 https://floridaindependent.com/obamas-legacy-a-corrupt-doj-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 https://www.fincen.gov/financial-fraud-enforcement-task-force-ffetf 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. www.sidneypowell.com "[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. www.quinnythebook.com "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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3258171 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3258171
Petition to Maryland State House, U.S. House of Representatives
Declare State clemency- Mandatory Minimum 20 year sentence for Marijuana.
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 (after classification he was told he’ll do 17 years exactly, his release year is 2036). He has been accused of being a Kingpin. Kingpins are dangerous leaders of a drug operation (such as El Chapo). His case is extremely rare because anyone who has been accused of Kingpin is usually charged federally. This charge always comes with transporting/trafficking (Which he was found NOT GUILTY of), lots of co-inspirers (the drug ring), and lots of money. He did NOT have ANY OF THAT. Federal authorities chose not to charge him as a Kingpin simply because he did not do any of the standards that accompany being accused as a "Kingpin”. So the state decided to keep the kingpin charge against him. There were no character witnesses, confidential informants, undercover police, or anyone who was apart of this “drug operation” to identify him as the leader of a “drug ring”. Not a single person was arrested related to his case other than his girlfriend. There were no weapons or serious drugs considering he’s a dangerous kingpin. All of his charges are non violent, all charges are for marijuana. There was literally no evidence making him this. He has certainly been over charged. 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 two years ago, he completely turned his life around. He knew he couldn’t change what had 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. He became a leader of his church and has inspired and gave hope to so many people. Every Sunday 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. He was coaching youth baseball for his youngest sons team, preaching to his church on Sunday’s and helping the Ellicott city community recover from the devastating floods. Any extra time he has was spent with his children. He couldn’t wait to get home and have fun with them. Junior has also been employed as a journeyman for over 10 years (and supervisor) at an HVAC company where he is known to be the best employee. 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. We were all so sure that god would save him from this nightmare that he’s living right now. But now we’re so confused and unsure of why this is happening to him. There’s just nothing more he could have done for himself, everyone and God. 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, pleading and crying to the judge to have 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 over charging 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 to defend him. 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 Junior’s four children. Thank you and God bless.
Petition to Kelly Thomasson, Jennifer Crown, Justin Fairfax
U.S. military veteran with mental health history seeking 2nd chance at freedom.
I'm posting this petition for my son, MarQui Clardy, Sr. I’ll start with some background information on MarQui's character and the circumstances that led to his present situation. MarQui is a 33 year old father of four. On September 24, 2001, two weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he joined the United States Navy. He served as an Information Systems Technician while also attending ECPI University and serving as a Ship's Self-Defense Force (SSDF) team leader where he received intensive weapons, combat, and antiterrorism training. He was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2003 for Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Two weeks prior to being discharged in 2005, MarQui was referred to a psychiatrist (due to some behavioral deviations, hallucinations, and a suicidal preoccupation) where he was diagnosed with "Adjustment Disorder." The psychiatrist noted that MarQui had a "major impairment in [his] thinking and judgement, manifested by inflexible thinking." Despite this clinical assessment, MarQui wasn't given any treatment, counseling, medications, or even a follow-up appointment, nor was he made aware of the diagnosis. He was simply released from service and left to transition back into civilian life on his own. In 2006, MarQui enrolled at Old Dominion University to study computer science. This is where his financial troubles began. After his car was totaled in a flash flood, he lost his job due to a lack of transportation. He was able to find a succession of other lower paying jobs, but lost each of them for the same reason. As a result, he defaulted on his tuition payments, so his school registration was placed on hold. He also defaulted on his rent, and was notified by his landlord that he was being evicted from his apartment. Being jobless, carless, moneyless, facing imminent homelessness (without even the ability to improve his circumstances by finishing his college degree), and not able to financially support himself or his children caused an unfathomable amount of stress that likely triggered MarQui's Adjustment Disorder, and he made the ill decision to commit three robberies to get some money. In 2008, he was arrested and tried in court. Since the military had never notified MarQui of his mental health diagnosis, this information was never presented for the judge's consideration (even though MarQui's condition undoubtedly played a MAJOR factor in his decision to aberrantly break the law). MarQui was convicted on all charges; although he has a good background, NO prior criminal history, and absolutely NO physical violence had occurred in either offense, the judge sentenced him to 33 years in prison. MarQui just learned about his mental health diagnosis in 2014, six years AFTER being incarcerated. He has taken full responsibility for his actions, however, we must also recognize the military's role in discharging him back into society while neglecting to treat the mental health condition with which THEY diagnosed him! There's no limit to the behavioral effects that "impaired thinking and judgement" can have on those afflicted, especially if it's left untreated. Even the Department of Defense acknowledges that untreated mental health conditions among veterans pose a greater safety threat than those which are being treated. In MarQui's case, his impairment went untreated for THREE ENTIRE YEARS, leading up to him making the poor decision to break the law. His background shows that he clearly was not a criminally-inclined person. Had the military treated his condition before discharging him, or even afterward at one of the V.A. medical centers, it’s very likely that MarQui would have exercised better judgement and not commited those robberies. Because of the post-conviction discovery of MarQui's mental health diagnosis, as well as the positive strides he's made throughout his incarceration- which include earning college credits by completing classes at Washington and Lee University, completing classes through Emmaus Correspondence School and Life's Key Ministries, enrolling in all of the requisite DOC rehabilitative programs, remaining free of institutional infractions, maintaining employment as a GED tutor (among other jobs), remaining an active member of "incarcerated veterans" groups throughout DOC, being consistently rated as a "very low risk of recidivism" by DOC's COMPAS assessment, writing two novels (one of which has been published), several articles for Hamilton College, The Marshall Project, and Cell Door Magazine, and a social justice / criminal justice book he's currently working on - Redemptive Life Foundation has filed a clemency petition on his behalf, asking Governor Northam to commute his prison sentence and allow him to be released. MarQui has gained ample support from family, friends, former coworkers, college coeds and class instructors, military veterans organizations, and religious groups. But we're seeking even more support to ensure that he gets the chance he has worked hard for. After ten years in prison, JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED! MarQui broke the law, however, given the fact that he was suffering from an unknown (by him) and untreated mental illness, his harsh 33 year sentence is unfair and unjust. It is also a slap in the face to all those who have served our country's military that were left physically and/or mentally impaired. He has also shown throughout his incarceration what type of person he truly is, and why he should be granted a second chance at his freedom. Please sign this petition to help us get him that chance. Thank you!
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump
22 Years are Far TOO LONG for Operating a Medical Marijuana Dispensary !
FREE MY DAD!!!
22 Years in Prison are Far TOO LONG for Operating a State-Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary!!! Over 10 years ago my Dad left me and went to prison for operating a state-legal medical marijuana dispensary in California. He was given a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years plus an additional 1 year 8 months. Today, marijuana is fully legal in 9 states and D.C. and medical marijuana is legal in 29 states -- yet my Dad remains in prison!! I am Jasmine Scarmazzo and I’m 15 years old. I’m writing this petition because I want my Dad to come home from prison and I am asking our compassionate President to grant him sentence commutation. That’s the only way he will be released without serving over twenty years. In California, medical marijuana has been legal since 1996 and there are thousands of medical marijuana dispensaries here. But over the years, many of them were raided and shut down by the federal government. My Dad was an owner of one of these STATE-LEGAL dispensaries but since his conviction, the Department of Justice and Congress have made changes in law and policy that means my Dad would not be arrested if he was operating a medical cannabis dispensary today. My Dad is serving the longest federal prison sentence given to a medical marijuana dispensary operator and the only Medical Marijuana Dispensary Operator who has been convicted of conducting a Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE) - a law designed to prosecute Drug Kingpins! Following trial, two jury members recanted their guilty verdicts and gave sworn affidavits to that effect when learning the CCE conviction carried a 20 year Mandatory Minimum Sentence. Today, 29 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws in place. In December 2015, Congress passed legislation that protects dispensary operators against arrest. Also, beginning in 2013, the Department of Justice stopped prosecuting medical—or even recreational—marijuana providers who are operating under state laws. Things have changed dramatically in the medical and recreational marijuana industries!! And President Trump recently indicated he will support the legalization of marijuana -- finally putting an end to the destructive and wasteful war on marijuana and allowing states to decide. President Trump has also publicly stated his desire to issue more commutations and pardons to individuals who were unfairly treated. Unless he receives a commutation from President Trump, my Dad will have to serve his full 22 year sentence while others currently prosper for doing the same thing he did: operating a state-legal medical marijuana dispensary! My Dad's co-defendant, Ricardo Montes, was granted sentence commutation on January 19, 2017 BUT, inexplicably, my Dad was PASSED OVER by President Obama and was not granted the same relief from his sentence that Mr. Montes was!! That means I will be without him for another decade unless our caring and thoughtful President Trump grants him his freedom!! I am already a sophomore in high school and he has not been here to see me grow up. Please sign my petition and ask our President to grant my Dad sentence commutation. Thank you for your support! To read more about Luke's case go to the CAN-DO Foundation's site. To view a recent compelling and heartbreaking video of Luke's story, please go to "Luke Scarmazzo: Injustice Episode 4" on YouTube