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drug war

19 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to President of the United States

Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website

My son, Ross Ulbricht, is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole, 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 and no criminal history. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where individual users chose what to list for sale. Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for dealing drugs himself but for a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. 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 unproven allegations at sentencing. Ross did not get a fair trial and his sentence was draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that 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’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man with much to contribute. 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 tutored, led classes, and generally 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 and dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to give to his community and society as a whole. Please sign this petition and help us bring Ross home. Learn more about Ross Ulbricht here.

FreeRoss.org
82,486 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to President of the United States

Grant Clemency to John Davis First Time Offender Serving a Life Sentence for Drug Charges

John E. Davis Vietnam Veteran Farmer Hostage in the war on drugs My dad, John Davis, is 70 years old. He is a Vietnam Veteran and was a farmer in Nebraska after the war. He is now inmate 16923-047 at Federal Correctional Institution Pekin. With no prior criminal record, he is 17 years into a never-ending Federal life sentence. When my dad’s home was searched, 0.23g of meth was found. This is approximately 1/25th of a teaspoon. In addition, another person was present in the home after my dad was taken out and his fingerprints were not found on the piece of glass the drugs were found on. Therefore, my dad’s sentencing was based entirely on the testimony of drug addicts that were both paid and offered plea bargains to create testimony. Most were repeat offenders and, chose their lives over doing the right thing. My dad, who was a first time offender, refused to create testimony against others and chose to go to trial, because he believed in the system. Because of this, the drug quantities created by all the witnesses were attributed to him. Furthermore, a jury found my dad guilty of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. At the time of sentencing, the drug quantity was raised by the judge to 10 kg… 20 times the amount of drugs as the jury verdict. This, combined with arbitrary enhancements imposed by the judge (again, based on the testimony of drug addicts, some who even signed notarized statements later to recant their testimony), took my dad from level 32 on the sentencing table (which would now be level 30) to level 42. Even at criminal level 1, this change by the judge still took my dad from 97-121 months in prison to a life sentence. While in prison, my dad has completed the Certified Associate Addictions Professional Program and Suicide Companion Program, volunteering in suicide watch for a decade, and has been a model prisoner. Upon my dad’s release from prison, he will move to Colorado to be with me, his four grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He has absolutely no desire to go back to to Nebraska, except to see the graves of his parents who both died while he was in prison. My husband and I will assume full responsibility for his transportation to Colorado and my dad will live at our home. Furthermore, we own a real estate firm and am ready to employ him to assist in our business. John E. Davis  is a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and Veteran and has proven he is worthy of a second chance at life. My family and I stand ready to support my dad in every way and pray you will grant his clemency.

Laurie Stahle
7,272 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, 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
678 supporters
Update posted 1 year 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
69,915 supporters