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drug war

16 petitions

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Petition to Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, National, Office of the National, Donald Trump

Strike down the Three Strikes Law to end unjust punishments for non-violent drug offenses

Non-violent drug offenses should not carry the same punishment as violent crimes such as aggravated assault, burglary, and murder. Under the current Three Strikes Law, people with two previous felony offenses are sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years having no possibility of parole. This is leaving thousands with broken homes and an endless loop of children growing up without parents. I know because I grew up in one. My entire life has been affected in one way or another by drugs. My father was in and out of our county jail until he overdosed on heroin at 36 years old in 2003. His name was Gumesindo. He never committed a single violent crime. Everyone he knew had nothing negative to say about him. By all accounts, he was a good man who looked for help in the wrong places. No one ever attempted to help him with his addiction, our courts simply punished him over and over again. It is my opinion that the Three Strikes Law played a part in his eventual overdose. I feel this way because he was obviously very sick and received nothing to help him overcome this sickness, except for months in a tiny cell. This law merely caused my dad to be away from my mother, myself, and my brother for longer and longer periods of time. And now, there is no more time to be spent be with him. And I know many people that have unfortunately suffered the same fate as my dad and my family. A lot of us do. I believe the only way to solve this issue is by ending the Three Strikes law and coming up with a replacement. There are many things that the people of this country have done to help those who suffer from addiction. I believe we could do more. First, the Three Strikes Law needs to be struck down or amended to allow for more opportunities for rehabilitation. Some of the money that is being spent on prisons needs to go towards programs that are designed to help this country's non-violent offenders rather than to punish them to the same extent that murderers are punished. I know that, as a society, we must have some sort of justice system to punish those who have done wrong to keep from devolving into anarchy. However, I believe that we should also have a system that we can fall back on when the prisons do not work anymore. Thank you.

Savanah Jio
247 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Pass the Justice Safety Valve Act

When my brother was sentenced to 55 years for a nonviolent marijuana offense eleven years ago, the judge who sentenced him strongly opposed sending a father of three to prison for so long. But because of mandatory minimum sentencing, he had no choice. Now, a new bill in Congress will give judges the authority to give sentences lower than the mandatory punishment in certain cases where the sentence is excessive. The Justice Safety Valve Act will finally let judges do what they're supposed to: judge! It would allow judges to sentence a person to less prison time than the mandatory minimum law requires whenever the mandatory minimum sentence is unjust or excessive. Federal judges are currently bound to sentence offenders in compliance with mandatory minimum sentences, resulting in unfair sentences and an explosion in the prison population.  My brother's judge called the sentence “unjust, cruel, and even irrational.” He's not the only one. There are judges all over the country who oppose mandatory minimum sentencing because these laws prevent them from using their discretion to hand out the appropriate sentence and often force them to destroy families.  In a recent interview, Weldon's judge said, “If he had been an aircraft hijacker, he would have gotten 24 years in prison. If he’d been a terrorist, he would have gotten 20 years in prison. If he was a child rapist, he would have gotten 11 years in prison. And now I’m supposed to give him a 55-year sentence? I mean, that’s just not right.” The Justice Safety Valve Act has bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House -- but your lawmakers need to hear from you. We can pass this bill and greatly improve the criminal justice system. Please sign my petition calling on Congress to pass the Justice Safety Valve Act.

Lisa Angelos
69,550 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to His Excellency, Rodrigo R. Duterte

PREVENT THE EARLY RETIREMENT OF P/DIR GEN. DELA ROSA

We may give the impression that a biased media outlet which is controlled by the opposition has been conditioning the minds of influential people by circulating speculations that PNP Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa will subject himself to early retirement in the likelihood of giving way to the second-in-command, General Ramon Apolinario for a taste of plenary leadership. This is unfair to the Filipinos, especially that the current National Police Chief has been doing fine on his job, particularly on dangerous drugs crusade, the accomplishments for which are beyond imagination. Why now? General Bato has established propinquity with the President which is instrumental to the big hits. An influenced early retirement could result to demoralization in Command as the non-commissioned officers are now becoming chivalrous in fighting criminals including those who are considered "Untouchables!" It is impractical to subject the duties of the Good General to a halt, much as doing so would deprive the citizens of the "Sans Pareil" benefit, given the existing favorable scenario embraced by the Common Tao. The Filipino People Loved Duterte, as they Loved Bato. Mr. President, We Petition to You, to let P/Dir Gen. Dela Rosa finish what he started by exhausting his length of service. Or even extend it when necessary. ON PRESENTATION TO THE APPROPRIATE AGENCIES, THIS PETITION WILL BECOME A PUBLIC DOCUMENT.    

Eliseo Joselito Monroy
88 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Presidential Pardon Attorney, Barack Obama

Clemency for Gracie Ann Walker

I am writing for my friend, Gracie Walker, asking that she be included as a candidate for Executive Clemency from President Obama.  Gracie is 58 years old. She is currently in the 9th year serving a 24-year sentence for a nonviolent drug conspiracy charge. When she was arrested, Gracie was a working single mother and had not been involved with drugs for over three years. She was not in possession of any contraband and no drugs were found in the house where she was arrested. However she has accepted full responsibility for her participation in the case she was convicted of. When she went to prison, Gracie had one year of college.  While in jail, she has completed 100 classes and is pursuing a career as a horticulture technician. Gracie has been in a minimum custody camp since 2011, and is known for being dependable and trustworthy.  She has a clear disciplinary record and works in the case manager/counselor’s office.  Her experience, education and well-developed work ethic make  Gracie an excellent candidate for clemency.  Gracie’s parents are 82 and 83-years-old.  Her father has MSA, a condition that is similar to severe Parkinson’s Disease, and her mother is physically unable to care for him. Gracie has one sister, a disabled veteran who is not able to properly care for her parents. Gracie would like to assume responsibility for the care and well-being of her parents, in effect giving back the love and care that she received from them as a child.  Gracie has four grandchildren, ranging in age from three to eleven.  These children have never seen their grandmother outside of prison.  They have never enjoyed the wonders of a sleepover at Grandma’s house.  Gracie has never read them a bed-time story. She has never seen their faces around a Christmas tree or a Thanksgiving table.  In prison, Gracie Walker is trusted and reliable Inmate# 35712177. Outside of prison, she would be a trusted and reliable employee as well as a loving and caring friend, mother, sister and daughter.  Please help give Gracie the opportunity to give back to society and her family by asking President Obama to grant her Executive Clemency. Learn more about Gracie's case on the CAN-DO Foundation website.  Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.Sincerely, James M. Davis

M Griese
207 supporters