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mass incarceration

31 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Larry Kupers, President Donald Trump

Plea to Grant Clemency to Angela Jones serving a long sentence 09250-030

We do not heal in isolation, but in community, Please sign this petition and ask President Trump to grant Clemency to a loving mom,grandmother,sister,Aunt, cousin ,Partner and friend. Angie, my best friend is a 47 year old serving a long prison sentence for a non violent Meth drug offence in FCI Waseca Minneasota. She has served 11 years and has turned her life around. She is dearly loved by many and missed since incarceration in 2007, serving a long sentence for conspiracy to drug trafficking with an out date of 2034.A tragic casualty of our mass incarceration complex.She has missed the important years of her 2 children growing up and the births of her 5 grandchildren.Angie has been a resilient survivor of childhood traumas  and has accepted responsibility for her actions and poor judgement.She has been an ideal prisoner.Has never been disciplined while incarcerated. She has remained drug free and is learning new things everyday working on computers learning Excel. She has strong relationships with family and friends and we all will open our hearts and arms to her upon release.It serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for so long.Sometimes our lives have to be completely shaken up,changed and rearranged to relocate us to the place we're meant to be.She is meant to be free.Signing this petition is a small act, but when multiplied by millions of people,can transform the world for deserving inmates, like Angie.In Angie's words: "I will no longer doubt how far I can go,I remember how far I have come.Everything that I have faced,all the battles I have won and all the fears I have overcome.My goal in life is to make a difference by using the words and knowledge in my head and the compassion in my heart."  Help free Angie!

Barbara B Decker
333 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump

President Donald Trump: Please grant Clemency for Charles Scott serving a 51 yr sentence!

  On behalf of Charles Scott, we, his family, friends and supporters humbly request that you sign this petition. We are a loving family, waiting for Charles to come home - we are serving every day of his sentence. Charles has already served over 20 years on a 51 year sentence for conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce. Prison has helped him turn his life around but now it’s time for society to give this man a chance to prove himself worthy of a second chance. In Charles words: At 20 years old I made some bad choices. I like to look at each of us as a seed. Sometimes seeds are nurtured and cultivated and placed in environments that's conducive to their growth, and sometimes seeds are tossed and left in areas that are not.  The soil is often toxic, so when the storms of life come blowing through in the form of criminal thinking, self-pride, egos, poverty, etc., the weak are tossed and carried and end up in places like prison, and sometimes, even the grave. I was one of those seeds. My roots weren't strong and when the storms of life came I couldn’t hold on. It happens. Still, when one is tossed into places where you run into other seeds whom have been nurtured and cultivated, they can lead and direct you to good soil and real light from the sun where the rays are education, vocational trades, anger management, business skill, computer tech. education, mentoring programs, etc. and now you start growing stronger and stronger roots, and now the winds and storms of life can't move you, because your deeply rooted and on solid ground.Life places us all in some difficult situations and how we choose to deal with it is up to us. Sometimes we focus so much on who is a success or failures that we miss the guys who were on the road to failure but had an ah-ha moment and found a way to turn it all around, and live to tell about it. Those are the important guys. Those are guys who know there is hope in every situation. It breaks my heart to see all those killings in Chicago, or how young these guys are coming in here daily. I have a grandson I want to influence and a daughter that needs my help. I don't just do good in prison. I teach good in prison, and that's my desire. I teach classes, mentor, and make sure others stay out of trouble. Anybody can come to jail and stay out of trouble, but how many come in and make sure others stay out of trouble, give others something to do to be constructive and find purpose? That's what we need out there, not people that will merely get out and forget where they came from, but those that can help keep trouble down and help others stay out of trouble; that's being my brother's keeper. This is what I want and that's why I pray for clemency.Thank you in advance for your support! ❤ To learn more about Charles, please visit his CAN-DO profile at:  http://www.candoclemency.com/charles-scott-51-years/    

Dorian Bandy
6,180 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Jerry Brown

Pardon Jonathan Curry convicted in 1999; sentenced to 25-years to life for gun possession

In 1999, Jonathan Curry was sentenced to 25 years to life for felon in possession of a firearm pursuant to the irrational California Three Strikes Law. He was not in the commission of any crime. No one was harmed, murdered, raped, hurt or molested. He is a loving person that his family adores and misses dearly. Jonathan was racially profiled by police walking down the street in the south-central Los Angeles area. The weapon was not even found on him, it was located nearby in bushes. As a result, he has served 19 years of that sentence and has never gotten into any trouble while incarcerated. He has accomplished a great deal during his incarceration, such as he has earned educational credits for obtaining his GED and other trade certifications. Johnathan has remained positive, hopeful and upbeat about the entire ordeal and deserves to be given a second chance. Jonathan's family is ready to help him with a place to live, provide access to transportation, help him to obtain work and successfully get back on his feet having been incarcerated for nearly 20 years. Jonathan and his family members had hope that Proposition 57 would remedy the situation and provide a possibility for early parole release for Jonathan Curry; however, it turned out to be a huge disappointment to not only thousands of inmates that are being warehoused in prison for nonviolent crimes and serving lengthy 25 years to life sentences under the harsh California Three-Strikes Law but also to California voters. California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 57 initiative back in November 2016 (64% to 35%). People in favor of Proposition 57 clearly intended for the measure to remedy the vast California prison overcrowding dilemma and to halt the wasting of hundreds of millions of tax-payer dollars allocated annually to prison spending. The measure should have provided relief for the mass incarceration epidemic plaguing the state of California, but instead, CDCR clearly abused its power, going against the measures clear mandate and revised the policy to make all three-strikers not eligible for early parole even if their current crime is for a nonviolent offense. Unfortunately, Jonathan Curry is aging and his son had to grow up without a father. He now has a granddaughter that has been born whose life he will also be absent from if he does not get a pardon and is given a second chance. While serving his 25 years to life sentence, Jonathan consistently demonstrated exceptional behavior, earned educational achievements, spiritual restoration and does not pose a threat to society. Governor Jerry Brown, please pardon Jonathan Curry before you leave office. Even though your opposition has blocked the Proposition 57 legacy that you intended to be successful to help reduce the mass incarceration problem in this state and have undermined your prison reform progress, you can sort of make this right by releasing Jonathan Curry and some other nonviolent three-strikers like him that have been rehabilitated, have a family support system and do not pose a threat to society. Again, many American Citizens own guns and are gun enthusiasts. He does not want to downplay the crime at all; however, 25 years to life and serving 19 years in prison for this crime is inhumane, absurd, irrational and downright cruel. This injustice has to stop!  Jonathan is excited to get back to life and dreams about the day when he can come home. He wants to get a job working in the area of public transit construction on possibly some Metro subway expansion projects in Southern California. We have discussed on numerous occasions that he would rather be a tax paying citizen, working and providing for his family rather than in being a liability to taxpayers and his family. He and his family have a release strategy to guarantee that Jonathan will succeed and not recidivate. He is now in his late 40s and all he wants to do is work and catch up on countless time he's missed with his son, granddaughter, long-time girlfriend and close family members that have supported him and been by his side every year that has gone by during this nightmare.

Dalyce Kelley
136 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Jerry Brown, Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Grant Clemency for Rickie Blue-Sky!

Rickie Blue-Sky (W20937) is a Native-American transgender man who has been incarcerated for 35 years. He is now 72 years old and has been denied parole for 18 years. Please join our coalition in urging Governor Brown to grant clemency for Rickie Blue-Sky. Blue-Sky was unable to have a fair trial in 1984 because of the persistent gender discrimination he experienced in court, including by his own attorney. Despite the fact that the prosecution relied on unsubstantiated and questionable claims, Blue-Sky’s defense failed to effectively challenge his criminalization. His trial became a media circus, as attorneys, jurors and journalists speculated about what Blue-Sky’s non-conforming gender and sexuality meant about his “criminal nature.” After 35 years in prison, Blue-Sky continues to be incarcerated because of gender discrimination at parole as well as unlawful bias against him for maintaining his innocence. In multiple hearings, the parole board and District Attorney have used Blue-Sky’s transgender identity as evidence of his deception and dangerousness, thereby deeming him a risk to public safety. Despite his achievements in prison, his exemplary prison record, and his well-developed parole plans, Blue-Sky has been denied parole since 2000.   Blue-Sky’s positive programming and 35 years of non-violent conduct speak to his clear preparedness for release. In a prison context where transgender people face increased hostility and violence, Blue-Sky is a peaceful leader, a well-respected elder and a mentor. He has worked tirelessly for transgender and Native American rights while imprisoned, including facilitating two-spirit/transgender support groups, and winning the right for people in California prisons to conduct Native American religious programs. Blue-Sky has the support of a wide network of family, friends and advocates who are eager to welcome him home. With your help, he will return to his beloved sisters and his Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Idaho, where extensive elder services and community support await him. Rickie Blue-Sky is a peacemaker who strives to create a more just world everyday. Our communities will benefit greatly from his release. Please join us in asking Governor Brown to grant Executive Clemency to Rickie Blue-Sky and release him after 35 years of incarceration. Transgender Advocacy Group (TAG): Transgender, Gender Variant, Intersex Justice Project, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Justice Now, Medina Orthwein LLP, National Lawyers Guild: Prisoner Advocacy Project

Transgender Advocacy Group
946 supporters