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Petition to Pennsylvania State House, Jason Dawkins


PLEASE SUPPORT HB135- Introduced by Pennsylvania House of Representative, Jason Dawkins. Below, State Rep. Dawkins explains what passing HB135 would do for the rehabilitated inmate serving life, as well as our community as taxpayers..... HARRISBURG, PA. June 7 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., introduced legislation that would abolish sentences of life without parole in Pennsylvania and extend parole eligibility to those already sentenced to life imprisonment. Specifically, Dawkins’s bill would permit a person sentenced to life imprisonment to be released on parole after spending at least 15 years in prison. It also would extend parole eligibility retroactively to those sentenced before the legislation's effective date. Dawkins said that all life sentences in Pennsylvania are imposed without the possibility of parole, which means that people sentenced to life imprisonment may not be considered for parole, no matter how much they have reformed themselves and no matter how unlikely they are to re-offend. "Those sentenced to life in Pennsylvania have no chance of release, even if their age or health make it extremely unlikely that they will ever re-offend," Dawkins said. "Not only is this an injustice to those who are incarcerated and have demonstrated their commitment to rehabilitation, it also is fiscally irresponsible to require taxpayers to foot the bill for sentences that are longer than necessary. "Dawkins added that his bill would not grant a right to parole and the Board of Probation and Parole would continue to thoroughly examine parole requests. "The Board of Probation and Parole will continue to carefully consider requests for parole. This bill simply allows our correctional system to be smart on crime and promote rehabilitation." ***Please share with your friends and family! We need all the support, help, and love we can get! This Bill ( HB135), if passed, Will bring GEORGE TRUDEL, INMATE # AS-2262, currently serving his 29th year of a Life without Parole sentence at SCI GRATERFORD, home to his family. And will help other incarcerated inmates serving a life sentence, who have proven they are completely rehabilitated and deserve to re-enter society, come home to their families. Thank you very much!*** ****PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW AND SIGN GEORGE TRUDEL'S ORIGINAL PETITION FOR CLEMENCY, SENATOR DAYLIN LEACH'S SENATE BILL SB 293, AND THE LIFERS INC. PETITION CONCERNING COMMUTATION, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO....THANK YOU!!****

Elizabeth Geyer
386 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Mary Courtney, Greg Abbott

KIPP illegally charged families hundreds of dollars in annual school fees!

KIPP Update! I used to be a strong KIPP supporter but I am not anymore. KIPP has charged me hundreds of dollars in annual optional fees that they said were required in violation of TEA law. KIPP is not complying with federal law regarding Special Needs children and the education my children have received at KIPP is worse than the schools that they came from. TEA just ruled last week that KIPP must return all fees that were taken illegally from parents over the years. If you know any parents who have been at any KIPP school in the Houston area, please have them contact me, Mary Courtney at 318-779-3420 or Here is my story. My family moved to Houston from Shreveport, Louisiana, in 2013 for better education for my children. My oldest son, goes to KIPP Liberation College Preparatory and my youngest son was going to KIPP PEACE Elementary School. I’ve been one of KIPP Houston's biggest advocates, even as I had to borrow money from relatives to keep up with payments to the charter school. I went to Austin during School Choice Week with Families Empowered, talking to lawmakers about why they should better fund charter schools with the intent of the house and senate representatives incorporating more oversite at the charter and private school level. I volunteered at the Kipp Liberation College Preparatory Campus, during the 2015-2016 school year. It was at that time that I discovered the TEA Public Hearing Video 12.7.16 from KIPP Houston and that I realized the fees that I was paying were supposed to be optional. This was something that wasn’t presented to me in this manner. - KIPP Liberation College Prep and KIPP PEACE Elementary -intentionally tied student fee to a payment plan at the time of registration. After finding out this information I reached out to several community leaders and other KIPP Houston parents who are now furious because they believe we were duped by the charter nonprofit system into paying for what we believe should be a free public education. - Mary CourtneyNEW UPDATES RE: • According to the Houston Chronicle June 29, 2017 Article by Shelby Webb: KIPP charges unallowable school fees, state agency finds. Some of its mostly low-income and minority families paid hundreds of dollars per student each year for things such as reading materials, student supplies, Kipp Through College, Library, accident insurance, extra technology and Kipp parent associations. This has happen at atleast seven location at underserve schools. • On July 19th at 4:53 p.m. I received confirmation from DeEtta at the Texas Education Agency Division of Communications. “Via email” DeEtta stated the TEA appointed Monitor (which is Molly Cordeau, ED.D. she can be reach at 832-330-9385) will spearhead reimbursement to the parents. KIPP is tasked with identifying and reimbursing the unallowable fees. Please let me know if you need anything else. DeEtta -- DeEtta Culbertson Texas Education Agency Division of Communications 512.463.9839 (desk) ISSUES: -KIPP (Eric Kot) stated in the June 29, 2017 Houston Chronicle article that, "no refunds were on the table at the executive level."-Since then Channel 2 has reached out to me confirming Eric Kot statement and will be doing an investigative story. One day during, the week of August 1st- August 4th Channel 2 is also willing to come out and interview with all parents that are wanting their money back and to hear any concern that the community leaders may have to say on this issue. Please comment below, share, do a video, etc. To bring awareness in this movement.For more information please contact Mary Courtney at or 318-779-3420.

Ilive Dean
14 supporters