mass incarceration

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Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Larry Krasner, Patricia Cummings

Review Francisco's Life Without Parole Sentence!

Francisco Mojica is currently sentenced to die in prison, while his brother, the gunman who committed the murder, walks free.  In 1991, Francisco's brother, Tomas Vasquez Jr., was standing in a North Philly apartment building when he was startled by gunfire coming at him through a closed door. He was holding a loaded gun and, in a panic, he fired back at the man shooting at him, Efrain Gonzales. Ultimately, Vasquez took Gonzalez's life.  Francisco was also in the apartment building. After hearing gunfire, he rushed out to find his brother injured. Francisco drove his brother to a hospital, assisted by a police officer who he flagged down.   Francisco and his brother were tried separately. Even though Vasquez was the gunman, he was convicted of third-degree murder (homicide without intent to kill) 12 to 24 years in prison while Francisco was convicted of second-degree murder (reckless endangerment) and given the mandatory sentence for that conviction: life with no chance of parole.  When Vasquez discovered this injustice, he was outraged and confused.  “How did they give you life? Who did you kill? I am the killer,” Vasquez told his brother. He also wrote a letter to his brother’s judge: “If you feel you did justice with a life sentence, give him my sentence and let me have his.” Today, Vasquez, the gunman, is a gaunt 63-year-old man living on Social Security disability in Juniata, while his brother remains incarcerated.  Throughout his incarceration, Francisco has spent his time volunteering and giving back.  Francisco has helped start two programs for fellow inmates -- a faith-based reentry program and a program known as "Fathers and Children Together" that connects incarcerated fathers to their children. His own sons are addicted to heroin just as he was; since his wife doesn’t drive, there was no one to take them to see him when they were younger. He also volunteers at the prison Hospice program, spending his nights sitting up with dying inmates. He knows that he may need these services himself one day.  When I last saw Francisco, he had another enthusiastic plan to give back, but this time to people outside of prison. As a proud Puerto Rican, he would like to start a mentoring program for Puerto Rican children living in Philadelphia who evacuated the island after Hurricane Maria. He reflected on how difficult it was for him to adjust when he moved to the Mainland from Puerto Rico as a child, and he believes that this rough adjustment is partially responsible for his position today. He knew little English and struggled to keep up in the public school classes taught in English. He didn't graduate and began to get involved with drugs. Francisco was addicted to heroin at the time of his arrest. He wants to make sure that Puerto Rican evacuee children do not fall victim to the same issues.  Francisco has also organized tirelessly with elected officials and fellow lifers to introduce legislation to reform the Pennsylvania statutes that sentence men and women in similar situations to him to "death by incarceration". State Senator Daylin Leach has introduced legislation to amend the statute, but it has died in committee in multiple sessions.  Newly elected, progressive District Attorney Larry Krasner and the newly appointed Director of the Conviction Review Unit, Patricia Cummings, have the opportunity to correct this injustice.  The Conviction Review Unit, housed within the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, investigates and reviews the cases of convicted felons. Historically, this Unit has only reviewed claims of factual innocence. The new team, however, has indicated their interest in expanding the Unit's role in reviewing unfair sentences. The discrepancy between Francisco's sentence and his brother's sentence are a prime opportunity for the Conviction Review Unit to expand and strengthen the role of the Unit to position Philadelphia as a leader in progress and justice.  We ask that Krasner and Cummings seriously consider reviewing Francisco's case. District Attorney Krasner ran and won on a progressive platform, and we ask that he stay true to those campaign principles and promises.  The details of this story were heavily paraphrased/summarized from the Philadelphia Inquirer article by Samantha Melamad, found here: Last year, I had the opportunity to get to know Francisco personally through a college program.   

Madison Gray
187 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, Tom Wolf

Somebody Save Meek Mill

Justice for Meek Mill is Justice for All In regards to the harsh, undeserving sentencing of Robert Rihmeek Williams (Meek Mill), I felt the need to create a petition asking that the Board of Pardons closely review Meek’s application for Pardon and have his unjust prison sentence remedied. We also call on Governor Tom Wolf, who has spoken out in support of rehabilitation and criminal justice reform, to immediately look into this matter. More than just a celebrity or rapper, Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for young people all across the country - and the world. Meek has made positive contributions to many communities and programs, dedicating his time and money to the cultivation of our youth and our neighborhoods; even while overcoming his own adversities. Meek has continued to be dedicated to being a positive force in the world and shown an immaculate work ethic, even while the overly restrictive conditions of his probation made it nearly impossible to tour, which is how he makes a living. The criminal justice system is adamant that individuals  work in order to be productive citizens, but at times made it difficult for Meek to be able to earn his livelihood. Every time Meek needed to travel, he was forced to seek permission, which was often denied unnecessarily. However, he still remained dedicated to making a difference not just in his city of Philadelphia, but worldwide. Meek didn’t just inspire his fans -  but through his music, interviews, community service and energy he showed that individuals can move forward, beyond their past and their circumstances, to have a positive impact on society. Meek has adhered to several rules and regulations as a part of his parole such as: reporting to and passing mandatory drug tests, community service, meeting with his parole officer, and reporting his whereabouts and obtaining permission prior to leaving the city. Moreover, the charges that led to his current violation, were subsequently dropped and the stiff sentence was handed down despite the recommendations of both  his probation officer and the District Attorney. Meek’s efforts to change his image while still remaining true to his artistry and who he is as a man went unnoticed as well. This petition is designed to show the amount of people who believe that Meek’s punishment was harsh and unjust. It is a waste of not only taxpayer resources to incarcerate Meek for 2-4 years but it is also a disservice to the youth and community at large. We humbly ask for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to grant relief in his sentence and call on Governor Tom Wolf to closely look into this matter and address why Meek, and thousands of other young, black men throughout the state are unnecessarily incarcerated for minor parole and probation violations. Celebrities Reaction To Meek Mill Sentencing Meek Mill’s Lawyer Speaks Out Meek Mill - Young Black America (feat. The-Dream)

Do4Self/Fine Print & #cut50
427,296 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Grant Commutation for Incarcerated Survivor Tammy Garvin!

Tammy Garvin is an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence and sex trafficking who has been in prison for 27 years as a result of her trafficker/abuser’s lethal violence. Tammy was only 14 years old when she was trafficked, and by the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole in her early 30s, she suffered from the long-term effects of severe psychological and sexual abuse. Join us in asking Governor Jerry Brown to commute Tammy Garvin’s sentence from Life Without Parole to a parole-eligible sentence. BACKGROUND Tammy Garvin is an incarcerated survivor of multiple forms of abuse throughout her childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. After suffering childhood sexual abuse, Tammy was sex-trafficked at age 14. Exacerbating the dangerous and high-risk conditions of sex trafficking, Tammy also suffered ongoing physical and sexual abuse from her trafficker. At the time of her arrest in 1991, Tammy had survived compounded physical and sexual trauma. She was 32 years old when her trafficker/abuser coerced her into robbing one of her clients with him. Tammy drove him to the scene and waited in the car. When it seemed like it was taking him too long to return, Tammy entered the building and realized her trafficker/abuser killed the client. Terrified and traumatized, Tammy ran from the scene with him. As a result, Tammy and her trafficker/abuser were both charged with murder: the felony murder rule was used to hold them equally culpable, even though Tammy did not murder the client. Tammy’s trafficker/abuser threatened to kill her and her father if they testified against him. Under threat, Tammy revoked her testimony and her father refused to testify. Extending his abuse into courtroom proceedings, Tammy’s trafficker/abuser actively undermined her ability to tell her story and her right to a fair trial. Even though Tammy’s trafficker/abuser admitted to being the perpetrator of the murder, he was ultimately acquitted. During her trial in 1995, the criminal legal system ignored the patterns of violence inflicted on Tammy by her trafficker/abuser and her years of victimization since childhood. Although an expert on trafficking testified at her trial, Tammy did not have an expert on intimate partner violence because intimate relationships in the context of sex trafficking did not qualify as domestic violence in the eyes of the law. The court further undermined Tammy’s right to a fair trial by failing to recognize her as simultaneously victimized by domestic violence and sex trafficking. While in prison, Tammy has focused on healing from the abusive cycles she was deeply embedded in at the time of her arrest. Tammy has developed meaningful insight into the traumatic impact of the abuse she suffered. She has also developed a deeper understanding of how she found herself entering a crime scene, unable to stop her trafficker/abuser from killing the client, and unable to understand or escape his ongoing abuse throughout her prosecution. Throughout her 27 years of incarceration, Tammy has been involved in serving her community. She is a peer educator on infectious diseases and a trained facilitator leading groups on Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Healing Trauma, Beyond Violence, Victim Impact, and Restorative Justice, among others. Tammy has become a leader amongst women serving life without parole, participating in various support groups and encouraging her peers to seek opportunities for healing. Join us in asking Governor Brown to commute Tammy Garvin’s sentence from Life Without Parole to a parole-eligible sentence. Survivors of domestic violence and sex trafficking should be strongly supported and affirmed rather than punished for violent acts committed by their abusers.

Survived & Punished
4,001 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ernest Gwinn

Help Ernest Gwinn Come Home - Sign My Executive Clemency Petition

My name is Ernest Gwinn R26930. I am currently housed at Dixon Correctional Center 2600 N. Brinton Ave, Dixon, IL 61021.  I filed an Executive Clemency for commutation of two prison sentences. I received one sentence for 25 years at 50% for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Additionally, I received 20 years at 85% for a home invasion with an injury. As of Mach 2018, I will have served 15 years of the assigned sentence. Please review my accomplishments that I have achieved during my 15 years of incarceration. If you are in support of my release, please sign the petition. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to write me. I appreciate your time and consideration. Summarization of Incarcerated Accomplishments Certifications 06/2003 - 09/2003, Dads Are Doing Something (D.A.D.S.) 12 weeks 06/2003 - 09/2003, Aggression Control Training (I.A.C.T.) - 12 weeks 2003 Substance Abuse, Lake County Jail - 12 weeks 06/10/2004, Practical Christian Living 12/23/2004, Ten Men You Should Know - 10 weeks  04/14/2003 - 01/02/07, The C.E.F Mailbox Club - 95 lessons, 3.95GPA 04/16/2005, In God We Trust - 10 lessons 10/2004 - 08/30/05, Blackstone Career Institute, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Diploma 03/24/2006, God's Great Salvation 10/03/2006, Basic Bible Truths 10/2007 - 05/29/2009, Business Management (D.A.C.C.), 37 credit hours 03/28/2012, Faithful Fathers, 12 modules  07/16/2012, Anger Management, 12 modules 04/26/2013, Lifestyle Redirection, 12 modules 06/24/2013, Knowing Jesus Christ, 12 modules 07/26/2013, The God News, 4 lessons 08/06/2013, Lesson on Assurance, 12 lessons 08/19/2013, Born to Win, 12 lessons 08/21/2013, A Country Called Heaven, 12 lessons 08/28/2013, Talking with Christ, 12 lessons 08/31/2013, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Water Baptized as Protestant Christian 09/30/2013, The Word of God, 12 lessons 09/30/2013, The Good News of Your Salvation, 12 weeks 09/30/2013, The Greatest Man Alive, 3 lessons 10/21/2013, Growing as a Christian 10/21/2013, Developing Your Faith  12/02/2013, Inside Out Dads, 12 modules 12/16/2013, Lessons for Christian Living, 12 lessons 12/16/2013, Doing Time with Jesus, 12 lessons 12/17/2013, Basic Christian Doctrine, 10 lessons 12/17/2013, Serving Others, 12 lessons 12/31/2013, Discovering the Bible 02/13/2014, My New Life in Christ, 20 lessons 02/17/2004, A Journey through the Bible, 12 lessons 02/17/2004, Sense and Nonsense about Prayer, 12 lessons 02/17/2004, Lessons on Christian Living, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Proverbs for Life, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Securely Saved and Sure of It, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Twelve Units of Study, 12 units 03/18/2014, Stratford Career Institute, Diploma, Highest Honors 04/11/2014, The New Life in Christ, Part II, 12 lessons 04/21/2014, Walking the Walk, 10 lessons 04/21/2014, How to Succeed on the Streets, 12 lessons 04/21/2014, Ecclesiastes, 10 lessons 04/30/2014, Victorious Christian Living 05/12/2014, The Character of the Christian 05/12/2014, The Spirit Filled Christian, 05/19/2014, What the Bible Teaches, 12 lessons 05/19/2014, God is There, 12 lessons 05/27/2014, Basic Bible Beliefs  06/16/2014, Managing Anger God's Way, 10 lessons 06/16/2014, The Bible, What's in it for You, 10 lessons 06/23/2014, The Character of the Christian 07/08/2014, I'll Take the High Road, 12 lessons 07/28/2014, One God, One Way, 12 lessons 08/12/2014, Walking with Christ 08/21/2014, New Life in Christ III, 25 lessons 08/27/2014, Foundations for Faith 09/02/2014, Parables of Jesus, Part I 12/12/2014, Practical Christian Living, 24 lessons 01/19/2015, The Letter of John, 6 lessons 01/19/2015, The Letter of James 02/12/2015, Basic Bible Truths, 10 lessons 07/28/2014, Emmas Correspondence School, 24 units 12/17/2014, Substance Abuse, Danville Correctional Center 02/24/2015, Transforming Incarcerated Dads, 2-day seminar, IDOC 03/02/2015, Men Who Met the Master, 6 lessons 03/02/2015, Discovering Bible Study, 10 lessons 03/05/2015, Growing in Discipleship 04/01/2015, Fisher of Men, 3 lessons 07/20/2015, The Spirit World, 8 lessons 08/31/2015, Summary of the Bible, 12 lessons 08/31/2015, Parables of Jesus, Part II 09/01/2015, Study on Prayer 09/05/2015, Sharing Your Faith 10/24/2015, The Spirit Filled Christian 11/15/2015, Devine Versus Natural View Point 01/04/2016, The Believers Battle with Temptation, 12 lessons 01/04/2016, Forgiving and Being Forgiven, 4 lessons 01/05/2016, Jonah, 16 lessons 01/25/2016, Romans, 16 lessons 03/24/2016, God's Great Salvation, 16 lessons 04/27/2016, Men of Bible, Part I 06/15/2016, Discipleship Program The Sermon on the Mount 06/15/2016, All That He Did 06/22/2016, A Soldier's Call Know Jesus Christ 07/13/2016, Street Church, The Cross and Suffering 07/26/2016, Shingle Quality Specialist 08/02/2016, Master Shingle Applicator Wizard 12/16/2016, Basic Bible Doctrine, 95 lessons 01/10/2017, The Source of Life, 12 lessons 01/16/2017, Men of the Bible, Part II 02/01/2017, The Holiness of God, Perfect Attendance 03/01/2017, The Assurance of Salvation, Perfect Attendance 03/27/2017, The Lordship of Christ, 10 lessons 05/03/2017, Soldiers of Christ Ministries, Discipleship Program 06/05/2017, Women of the Bible 07/21/2017, A Study of Exodus 05/2017, World Bible College, This is Good News 06/2017, World Bible College, God Has Spoken 07/2017, World Bible College, Knowing Jesus 08/2017, World Bible College, Born of the Water   Employment 10/2006 - 07/2007, Menard Correctional Center, Barbershop, transferred 05/2010 - 07/2011, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Maintenance, Electrician's Helper 08/2011 - 08/2012, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Kitchen/Cook 05/2014 - 09/2014, Danville Correctional Center, Barbershop, went back to college 06/2015 - 02/2016, Danville Correctional Center, Laundry Porter, 2nd Shift, transferred 05/2016 - 12/2016, Dixon Correctional Center, Production, 3rd shift/Kitchen 01/2017 - 08/2017, Dixon Correctional Center, Hospital, Infirmary, Sanitation Specialist 08/2017 - Present, Dixon Correctional Center, Electrician's Helper, awaiting opening   College 10/2004 - 08/30/2015, Blackstone Career Institute, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Diploma 10/2007 - 05/29/2009, Danville Area Community College, Business Management, 37 credit hours 05/2009 - 05/12/201, Lakeland College, Associates in Liberal Studies, Cum Laude 03/18/2014, Stratford Career Institute, Electrician, Diploma, Highest Honors 06/01/2014 - 05/20/2016, Danville Area Community College, Associates in Science and Arts, Cum Laude 01/2016 - 03/2016, University of Illinois - Urbana, Education Justice Program, Bachelor's Degree Program, transferred to facility closer to home, 1 of 35 students      

Ernest Gwinn
506 supporters