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Nonviolent Offenders

46 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Jerry Brown, California Governor

Reduce my son's unjust sentence

My son Jeremy Stewart has been given 70 years in prison for stealing. He was convicted of burglarizing two homes while the residents were out. There was no confrontation, no threats, and no violence. California has the toughest Three strikes law allowing life sentences for property theft. My son had two prior nonviolent offenses, the judge made the decision to enforce the law to the fullest. I have been fighting for a fairer punishment ever since. Under previous California law, Jeremy would have most likely been sentenced to about 12-15 years in prison. But because of California's 3 Strikes law, Jeremy received a harsher sentence than drug cartel hit men who had confessed to killing more than 20 people. They only got 25-years-to-life. Jeremy's poor decisions were made while he was dealing with a serious drug addiction and depression. He needed treatment and rehabilitation.This doesn't excuse his conduct and he knows he needs to face consequences for his actions. But 70 years to life with no good time credits allowed, means he won't be eligible for parole until he is 96. The cost, 5 million dollars to taxpayers. This is an unjust and  inhumane death sentence, all for nonviolent offense. Jeremy is not the only one being punished -- I am raising his two children in his absence. Every day, these innocent young children suffer emotionally missing their father. I struggle financially working to afford day care and their basic needs.This unjust sentence means his children will never be able share the same four walls as their father. He should have an opportunity to earn the right to return home to provide for his two young children, Heatherly and David, currently ages 5 and 6. Today Jeremy is serving his sentence at Centenila State Prison. He tutors other inmates, leads the Christian worship services and the Narcotics Anonymous group. He currently has a 4.0 GPA through Coastline College and will soon be graduating, just 4 more classes to go. He has been a model prisoner. Jeremy made a terrible mistake, but should a nonviolent crime put him behind bars for life?  A Petition for Clemency has been sent to Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown to exercise his discretion and reduce Jeremy's sentence. I am asking the Governor to reduce his sentence to 20 years. I humbly and respectfully request your support. Please sign my petition and stand by me and my family as we fight to give Jeremy the chance to come home one day. Thank you. Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth stewart
55,576 supporters
Started 2 weeks 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.  

Ladies in Transit Holistic CDC: Fiscal sponsor for Project Second Chance Quest
111 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
53,749 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to President of the United States, Lawrence Kupers, William N. Taylor II

Please Don't Let Jason McClure Live 17 Yrs in Prison for 1st Time Non-Violent Drug Charge

Jason McClure is a kind and generous person who's made positive impacts on so many people's lives (see a few in his testimonials), but he'll be spending the next 17 years of his life in Federal Prison for a first time, non-violent drug charge instead of living these years with friends and family who love him dearly for the person he is and all the good he's done. Jason grew up in a Mormon family with high moral values. He lost his father when he was 10, leaving his mother to care for 5 children on her own, and it wasn't an easy life. Jason vowed to work hard and save money before having children of his own to afford them a comfortable life. He worked many jobs alongside family and friends to help grow their various businesses. When synthetic drugs first emerged there was huge financial potential in this untapped market. Jason and a few friends started working in distribution of synthetic drugs such as spice and, eventually, methylone which at the time were new and legal, and in huge demand. The DEA began classifying these substances to get them off the streets. Anytime a substance became criminalized, Jason and his business partners halted selling it. Except that in 2012 Jason personally filled another methylone order after its banning for a good customer who was working as an informant after getting into trouble of her own. He was apprehended in a parking lot with no weapons of any sort and used no violence during his arrest, and yet that one transaction he was about to make would cost him 17 years of his life. 17 years. A person can do a lot in 17 years. Jason will be 52 years old when he's released. He will have lost the opportunity to have the children he's always wanted. Is that teaching him a lesson? For a man that has not once, not ever hurt anyone, but has given so much of himself to others, is this justice? For a person that believes so firmly in the sanctity of marriage and family that he, rather than irresponsibly father children as so many others do, has waited until he’s ready for marriage, this is the ultimate punishment. Why is Jason being stripped of 17 years of his life while there are rapists who get to go home after 6 months and start over? Why doesn’t he get a second chance? I know it won’t take Jason 17 years to learn from his mistake. I think rather than rob him of a chance at a fulfilling future and embittering him against the judicial system, he needs to be given a chance to prove it. Jason has been an amazing friend and has helped me (and countless others) through difficult times. Please help me now during his difficult time, to give him that chance.  

Cheryl Michel
134 supporters