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Nonviolent Drug Offense

19 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Mary Fallin (Governor)

Help bring my father home

When I was nine years old my father was arrested and was given not one, but three life sentences without the possibility of parole. My father was a drug dealer, not a murderer, not a rapist...but a drug dealer. My father has now served 11 years of that life sentence. I feel that since I am his oldest child it is my duty to help bring him home for me and my family's sake.  I have three brothers by my father and we all yearn to have our daddy back. If my father is not able to come home than he will no longer be able to see his other children because they are minors and in the state of Oklahoma it is now required that if a child is a minor one of his parents has to be at the visitiation. My father has missed out on my childhood but he still has time to be there for my siblings and to me that’s all that matters.  I do not think that it is fair nor safe to see sex offenders and murders walk around enjoying their freedom when they have physically, mentally, and emotionally harmed people yet my father, who is a non-violent offender, has harmed no one and is expected to die in prison all because he wanted to provide the best way he knew how to. Murderers and rapist get way less time than what my father has been given and it makes no since to me.  If my father is granted his freedom than our broken family will be together as one, like it was supposed to be 11 years ago. My siblings will know what it is like to have our daddy home and he will be able to start over in life. My father has had a change of heart and wants to mentor to young adults who feel that selling drugs is the way to provide for your family. He wants people to know that money was not worth losing 11 years of his freedom from his family especially his seeds.    The only way my father won't die behind prison bars is if Governor Mary Fallin has forgiveness in her heart and grants him clemency. Every signature matters to us. 

Alexis Nicholson
54,576 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump

A nonviolent drug offense with a federal life sentence. Clemency for Stevie Jackson

Hello, My name is Misty Smith and this is a petition to help with an appeal for the father of my children Stevie Jackson. The last time my kids hugged their father was 2006. He has been incarcerated since then. Our daughter had just turned 6 years old, she is now 18 and graduating from high school. Stevie was sentenced to life in federal prison under an old law. Since he has been incarcerated that law has been removed but at the time of his sentencing that law was still in affect. Which means he is never coming home for a nonviolent crime..that's why I'm asking for signatures to present for possible clemency. We have 3 kids together who are now adults and want more than anything to have their father home. It has been extremely hard on them. Our oldest is 22 he is in college going for his Doctrate in education. Our middle son is 20 also in college he is a  History major and an amazing basketball player. His dad has never seen him play. Our daughter is 18 in her last year of high school heading to UT Austin to eventually obtain her Doctrate in psychiatry. As for me I've been a single parent for over 12 years but I never let that stop me from raising our kids the way we both planned. Stevie was convicted under an old law that sentenced him to life in prison. He did have prior convictions but nothing could have prepared us for this. At first I was extremely bitter and angry about him being gone sentenced to life in a federal prison. I still can't wrap my head around it.  So upset that our children would be another statistic with a single mother. But our prayers and love for him have kept us strong and with God being our strength all 3 of our children have been productive members of society beating the odds and getting educated. Over the years Stevie has had plenty of time to think and reflect. He has obtained several certificates and is now working on a culinary trade. He has been teaching ceramics and doing so well staying so positive.  I cry as I think of how much he has missed out and by no means am I wanting any pitty.  All I know is he has paid the ultimate price by missing out on all 3 of his children's childhood and I hope and pray that someone have mercy on us and God blesses him with clemency. No amount of prison time can ever replace missed basketball games, prom, graduation, father and son time or missing our only daughters father-daughter dance. Please help us and sign our petition. To over turn his conviction under an unjust unreasonable law that no longer exist. No one that has been sentenced under a nonviolent crime should be incarcerated for life. Murderers and child molesters should be doing life in prison. Please help us. If you have any question for me or can give me any advise of what other steps we can take to bring Stevie home to us, please send me a message. Thank you for your support and prayers.  Email:mmichelles0277@gmail.com

Misty Smith
506 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to United States Supreme Court, Cory Booker

A True Second Chance for Non-Violent Offenders by Expunging Their Criminal Records

The United States of America currently incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country. To date, that number exceeds 2.5 million men and Women in local jails and detention centers, state and federal prisoners, with an annual cost of $80 billion to taxpayers. Many Of these men and Women are sentenced to decades of imprisonment for nonviolent offenses. Second Chance Quest, along with the prevailing thought of many Democrats and Republicans, that this nation will be best served if we implement "alternative sentencing" for nonviolent offenders. Former President Obama, states after visiting El Reno Federal Prison in Oklahoma in 2015. "We have a tendency sometimes to almost take for granted or think it's normal that so many young people have been locked up," he said. "It's not what happens in other countries." He further stated, "Mass incarceration makes our country Worse off and we need to do something about it." Mr. Obama commuted the sentences of 46 people. Stating, "If you're a low-level drug dealer, or you violate your parole, you owe some debt to society. You have to be held accountable and make amends. But you don't owe 20 years, you don't owe a life sentence." The New York Times reported in an article dated July 15, 2015, by Peter Baker. "Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday disavowed part of his anti-crime legislation that he long considered one of his top accomplishments, concluding that it went too far in sending even minor criminals to prison for way too long.  Mr. Clinton further stated, "I signed a bill that made the problem worse, and I want to admit it." In an effort to reduce the prison population nationally, the ACLU was awarded a $50 million grant to reduce mass incarceration by George Soros' Open Society Foundation. Anthony D. Romero, the ACLU executive director, stated the goal of the Soros'-Funded campaign will be to reduce the U.S. prison population by 50 percent by 2020. Second Chance Quest is a vehicle of alternative sentencing for nonviolent offenders. We envision those men and women to truly be given second chance in life, in that they can still pursue their childhood dreams of becoming a productive member of society, be it, a doctor, lawyer, etc. The price SCQ place on that endeavor is service in the Armed Services or an Adult Style Bootcamp for four years. Upon completion of the program and remaining crime-free for five years, one's criminal records will be expunged. We are asking the public for their support in this endeavor in the form of their signed petitions. This petition will be forwarded to our Senators and Congressmen on Capitol Hill to propose implementing this program nationally. Be a part of this growing movement to change our justice system. Consider this article that was published by The Economist in June 2015: "According to the Department of Justice survey of those released from state prisons in 30 states, 77% of those released in 2005 were arrested within five years; more than half of the arrests were within a year of release." SCQ believe the nation is best served if we take some of the $80 billion we spend annually and divert that money to train and better prepare those men and women to be productive members of society. It cost the nation far more to rearrest, prosecute, and house those individuals than to invest in them. The public is constantly footing the bill for the damage caused by those who make up that 77%, we should have a say in how that money is spent. Join Second Chance Quest today, sign this petition, and log on to become a member of this fastly growing nonprofit organization, do tell a friend. Change starts with you! You have to get involved to better serve our nation and our fellow men.  

Second Chance Quest
198 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to President Donald Trump, Pardon Attorney Lawrence Kupers, Acting Attorney General Dana Boente

Clemency for David M. Barren Serving Life Without Parole for a Non-Violent Drug Offense

My family member, David Barren, is serving LIFE plus 20 years without parole for a non-violent drug offense. David was sentenced to LIFE plus 20 years in federal prison for drug conspiracy. David has never been to prison, no history of violence, and has no substantial criminal record to support a LIFE sentence plus 20 years. His conviction was based primarily on "hear-say" of witnesses who testified against him in exchange for reduced sentences of their own. David accepts full responsibility for his actions and is truly remorseful for any harm he has caused to his community, family, and those affected by his unwise choices. During his 8 plus years of incarceration, he continues to have a positive outlook on life and works very hard to rehabilitate himself. He has obtained a Paralegal Certificate from Adams State University in Colorado with a 4.0 GPA via correspondence courses, read numerous books to enhance his thirst for knowledge, and mentors younger inmates on his own. Notably, David has been supported by numerous respected members of his community, including Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State Representative Edward Gainey who've both reviewed David's case and suggest David's sentence is overly harsh and because of his harsh drug sentence, he is a worthy candidate for executive clemency. David comes from a loving family who continues to support him vigorously. His parents (82) and (80) respectively visit David every weekend unless weather permits otherwise. His four siblings, six children, and extended family also continues to be a strong support system via phone calls, cards, letters, and visits to maintain a viable communication line within the family. Because of David's family support and rehabilitative efforts, he is well prepared for release as a productive citizen to society.  There is a consensus among human rights organizations and sentencing advocates that individuals serving lengthy non-violent prison sentences such as David, will no doubt die in prison if President Donald Trump doesn't commute his sentence. Many believe that the next President will not be as compassionate and understanding.  Please help me urge President Donald Trump to grant David Morris Barren's clemency petition.  David will no doubt die in federal prison with a LIFE sentence plus 20 years for a non-violent drug offense. I humbly thank you for your support in efforts to give David a second chance at his life.       "Read more about his case: Dave is #9  on the CAN-DO Top 25 Men Who Deserve Clemency  

Anrica Caldwell
15,823 supporters