Topic

Nonviolent Drug Offense

28 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump

Clemency for Craig Cesal - Serving Life Without Parole for Marijuana

Seventeen years ago, my dad, Craig Cesal, was arrested on a marijuana conspiracy case because he owned a trucking repair business. He would repair trucks that had been leased and used to smuggle pot. The trucks would be trashed after the marijuana was stripped from the secret compartments, and although it was obvious these trucks were being used to smuggle pot, my dad didn't think it was his business to report it.   He had no criminal history whatsoever, but today, he is serving a life sentence without parole because he didn't take a plea bargain, went to trial, and was therefore held responsible for everything the kingpin and smugglers had done. They cut deals, testified against him and they are all free today.  Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in nine states. And politicians like John Boehner are joining marijuana investment firms and plan to make millions of dollars while my dad rots in prison. His only chance at freedom is if President Trump commutes his sentence. My dad was a single, divorced, dad, and would tell my brother and I that if we got straight A's at school, we would go on a special trip, like Washington DC or Disneyland. It always worked. He would also make us wear T-shirts that said “I got straight A's and came to Disneyland.” He would also make us take photos with all the Disney characters. He loved to show everyone the photos of us with Disney characters when we got home. He was the best dad in the world and I don't see how his incarceration is serving any good purpose for our society. If President Trump does not commute my father's sentence, he will likely die in prison, especially since he has diabetes and has had medical complications and requirements that are not being properly met.  Please sign my petition so I can be with my father.  We want to make up for the time we have missed out on. You will end so much suffering if this petition succeeds in bringing him home.  Lauren Cesal

Lauren Cesal
302,864 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump

Please Grant Clemency to Robert Shipp

In 1993, at the age of 20, my brother Robert Shipp was indicted and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base and cocaine. In 1994, he was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. He was involved in the drug conspiracy for only 5 months. This was Robert’s first drug offense and he doesn’t have a violent history.  At his sentencing hearing, Robert’s judge repeatedly verbalized his objections to the sentence that he was forced to give Robert. He explained that he had no choice but to give Robert a life sentence based on the Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Guidelines. He further explained that the law didn’t allow him to use discretion in the sentencing. He also noted that the cocaine suppliers plead guilty and received 12 and 14 years for supplying the cocaine in this conspiracy.   While Robert takes full responsibility for his participation in the criminality that resulted in his incarceration, I think it is important to share with you what led this honor student down this path. When Robert was in high school our brother was stabbed to death at the age of 19. Our brother’s untimely death devastated Robert and he began acting out in a negative manner. As a teenager, Robert’s inability to cope with this tragic loss ultimately and regrettably led to his risk-taking/criminal behavior. Our brother’s murderer was sentenced to 20 years and was released after serving 10 years. It is unbelievable that Robert received a life sentence for his 5 months involvement, in a nonviolent drug conspiracy, and our brother’s murderer only served 10 years. Robert should have been punished for his involvement in the conspiracy; however, a life sentence is excessive. Robert’s daughter was almost 2 years old when he was incarcerated. She has unfortunately experienced the all too familiar pitfalls of growing up without a father, and is now a single mother of four. In February 2015, due to a retroactive amendment to the federal sentencing guidelines Robert's sentenced was reduced to 30 years.  My brother is now 46 years old, but hasn't given up on life.  He spends his time reading, mentoring, speaking, and securing all possible certifications and college credits. My children have never seen their uncle outside of the visitation room; however, they look forward to spending time with him, as he shares with them the importance of making the right choices in life and reminds them that bad choices have consequences and could very well mean giving up their freedom. He also encourages them to do well in school, respect others, and take responsibility for their actions. The unexpected death of our father on July 17, 2012, remains difficult for all of us; and is compounded by what we know was our father’s unending hope to secure Robert’s freedom. As our father laid helplessly, on his death bed with weary eyes, I promised him that I would continue to fight for freedom and justice for my brother. Because Robert wasn't allowed to attend our father's funeral, he wrote a letter, entitled, "A Letter to my Dad," and asked that I read it on his behalf. It was by far one of the hardest things I had to do in my life. When Robert is released, our family and loved ones will provide him with emotional and financial support, and a reentry plan has been developed to ensure that he is given a fair chance at becoming a productive citizen. We will also assist him with his desire to mentor youth that are at a crossroad, just as he was as a grieving young adult. Robert has so much to offer society. Please sign my petition asking President Donald Trump to grant my brother clemency. He has more than paid his debt to society for his 5 months involvement in a nonviolent drug conspiracy at the young age of 20. Robert has been in prison for 25 years now...over half of his life. He was sentenced to life before his life even really got started. 

Veda A.
152,016 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Dixon Family

Sentence reduction for Eddie Dixon,either commutation or clemency. Help us Gov.Hutchinson

     On behalf of Mr. Eddie Dixon; these petitioning concerned Citizens of the United States Of America who believe in the redemption and reformation of Mr. Eddie Dixon we support and call for immediate consideration of the current bi-partisan initiative for criminal justice reform; we the concerned Citizens of the United States and the community of Blytheville, Arkansas who supports the exercise of executive clemency (including pardon, commutation of sentence, remission of fine or restitution and reprieve but not limited to other forms).      We humbly respectfully request that you grant Mr. Dixon request for a commutation of sentence. It is our firm belief that Mr. Dixon deserves a second chance to right his past wrong doings against the community at large.     A jury trial was held on September 25 and 26, 1991. The jury found him guilty of two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine, and imposed a fine of $25,000 and a life sentence plus 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. It is true Mr. Dixon made an unwise and imperceptible decision when he became involved with drugs as a young man growing up in Blytheville, Arkansas at the time Mr. Dixon believe that no other options or alternatives existed as means to support his family (Parents, Sisters, and children) other than by selling drugs, he now longer think that way and have matured. We acknowledge he did in fact break the law and deserves to be punished, but a life sentence plus 30 years is not a just punishment. Eddie Dixon has spent over 23 years of serving a life sentence plus 30 years learning the error of his ways and deserves the opportunity to redeem himself in the eyes of those whom love and support him, as well as the community at large. Eddie Dixon is currently incarcerated at Cummins Unit ADC# 075134 he have been there since 1991. While incarcerated, he has become an advocate for other inmates encouraging them to stay positive and out of trouble and if released, hopes to continue this type of volunteerism to prevent incarceration of our youth. Mr. Dixon love his family and friends dearly and would love another chance to be with his family and eat at his mothers locally known restaurant  "Mae's Grill" As a community we belief that Mr. Dixon should be the candidate selected for commutation of sentence. We respectfully are asking Gov.Hutchinson to commute Dixon’s sentence and allow him to redeem himself on the outside. Thank you for your time and consideration of expressed views. We also ask that all signers and supporters share this petition and email us at the following contact information below for more information justicefordixon@gmail.com May God Bless those who willingly support Eddie Dixon on our journey to help him!!

Dixon Family
647 supporters