Petition to 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 44 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 it 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. If Robert is released, his family and loved ones will provide him with emotional and financial support 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 much to offer society, if given the opportunity. Please sign my petition asking President Donald Trump to grant my brother Robert Shipp's petition for 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 23 years now...over half of his life. He was sentenced to life before his young life even really got started.
Petition to Barack Obama
Send Aaron Glasscock Home: An Innocent Man Who was Given a Harsh Sentence
In the Spring of 1999, at the age of 22, Aaron Glasscock was just 2 months from graduating a pre-med program in preparation for medical school, in a quest to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a pediatrician. His father had given him an opportunity for a final spring break. All that was required of Aaron was to drive his father's friend, Walter, to Florida to look at a potential "flip" house. Aaron & Walter made it to their hotel late at night and slept late the next morning. Not long after a hot shower and the beginning of a cup of coffee, DEA agents were knocking at the door, throwing Aaron to the ground and questioning him about things of which he knew nothing. What Aaron didn't know was that the truck he had been driving had a false tank containing $900,000 in cash; cash that was presumed to be used in a drug deal. The truck was also registered in Aaron's name, though the signature was shown at trial not to be his. After a mistrial and 2 hung juries, Aaron was found guilty and ultimately sentenced to 30 years in federal prison, where parole is not an option. In 3 of Aaron's 4 trials Walter testified, for the prosecution, that Aaron was never around drugs or money, or even any conversations dealing with such. His father remained silent in defense of his son for fear of an even larger sentence. At this time Aaron has served nearly 16 years of his sentence. He is now 37 years old. He has been a model prisoner, works a full time job in Prison Industries (UNICOR), teaches fitness classes and bible studies and has a tremendous faith in God. He is not bitter, in fact he is incredibly inspirational to all who know him. In March he submitted a request for clemency in the hopes of being released early. We ask for President Obama to consider the time he has served as enough. Even if Aaron were guilty, this sentence is extremely harsh for a non-violent offense. Especially considering Aaron had no record prior to this. At the very least, Aaron is a waste of tax payers dollars. At the most, he is an incredibly gifted, hard working and giving human being who should be given a chance to see his family again, start a family of his own, have a career and experience life outside of those walls. He has been there long enough. Let's bring him home!
Petition to Donald Trump
Grant Clemency to Alice Marie Johnson Serving a Life Sentence
20 years ago my family’s life changed forever when my mother, Alice Marie Johnson, was sentenced to Life in Federal Prison. She was one of thousands of first time, non-violent offenders who were given mandatory lengthy prison terms. She was sentenced as part of a larger drug conspiracy. My mother has accepted responsibility for her actions that led to her imprisonment and has used that experience to better her life and the lives of others. Since being incarcerated my mother has been a model prisoner who mentors women and has become an ordained minister. She has also written, directed, and produced several plays and writings for conferences outside of prison walls, choreographed dance teams, and completed many classes and certifications. In addition, she was selected as the #1 Inmate Deserving Clemency by the CAN-DO Foundation in 2015. She was also featured in the ACLU’s Report, A Living Death. Mama’s supporters include Congressman Steve Cohen (D) Tennessee, Congressman Bennie Thompson (D) Mississippi, and Congressman Marc Veasey (D) Ft. Worth, Texas. Her desire upon release is to assist the community with the needs of ex-offenders to help reduce recidivism. Alice is the mother of 4 children and has 4 grandchildren. She will be 62 years old in May 2017 and it serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for life. She is currently petitioning the United States Pardon Attorney’s Office for clemency. Her large and loving immediate and extended family and friends would welcome her return. Please sign and share this petition to show your support and to ask President Trump to grant clemency to a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who wants to use her experience to assist others and give back to her community. Justice should never be without mercy. To learn more about Alice, please check out her profile on the CAN-DO Foundation’s website at http://www.candoclemency.com/alice-marie-johnson
Petition to Office of the Pardon Attorney, Donald Trump
Clemency for Michael Pelletier - Serving Life for Pot!
When my brother, Michael Pelletier, was 11 years old, he lost the use of his legs in a tractor accident on the family potato farm in Madawaska Maine, just below the Canadian border. I am one of nine original siblings and his older sister. It was heartbreaking to see my brother confined to a wheelchair while the rest of us played, but he never wanted our pity. Instead, Michael always tried to make the most of his situation. He learned to repair Bulova watches and make jewelry. At some point, when Michael was a teenager, he tried marijuana and discovered the therapeutic benefits before there was any legitimate, scientific research, or “medical marijuana” propositions passed in any of the current 23 states that have legalized medicinal use of cannabis. The cannabis provided better relief than his prescription meds for his spinal injury at T-7 with transection of the cord. In his younger years, Michael had a few prior arrests related to pot and later, at age 50 was caught importing marijuana from Canada into the U.S. He went to trial and received LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE based on the testimony of two co-defendants who received less time in exchange for their cooperation. Michael has already served over 10 years, but to make matters worse, he is incarcerated in a U.S. Penitentiary that houses the most dangerous felons, even though there was no violence in his case and he is confined to a wheelchair. Even in prison, Michael overcame the most horrible of circumstances and taught himself to paint on canvas and has created incredibly beautiful pieces of art. To read more about his case and see his artwork please go to his page on the CAN-DO Foundation site - an organization that advocates "justice through clemency!" Thank you for your support, Marlene Champagne
Petition to Barack Obama, Robert Zauzmer
28 Years is TOO Long ~ President Obama: Free William Underwood
It's been over 28 years since William Underwood was sentenced to LIFE in prison without the possibility of parole, with his first and only felony, under mandatory minimum sentencing as a drug offender. Without clemency from President Obama, he will DIE in PRISON. WATCH: #HopeForFathersDay ~ http://vimeo.com/m/108281554 By Ebony Underwood ~ Daughter of William Underwood: My Dad's name is William Underwood and he is a devoted father of four, a grandfather to three grandchildren and a former music impresario: promoting, managing and jumpstarting the careers of top R&B and pop stars of the 80s and 90s. He promoted artists like Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, and more. And, today, his family and long list of friends and supporters in the entertainment business want him home! But he wasn't perfect and made mistakes by selling drugs before he had his music career. What originally was a way out of poverty when he was a teenager, and for so many others, eventually became a one-way ticket to prison. Prosecutors, hoping to get a lengthy sentence under the 1980's War on Drugs, painted him as being a part of a narcotics enterprise. He was arrested in 1988, despite an FBI document which states his case was closed in 1986 “due to lack of activity.” In 1990, he was sentenced, with his first and only felony offense, to a mandatory minimum 20 years on drug conspiracy charges, plus, life without parole. He has already completed the concurrent 20-year sentence. The life without parole sentence was the result of a decision by the judge, not a jury. Because of major changes in sentencing policy over the years, if Dad had been convicted under the sentencing guidelines that exist today, there is a good chance he would be home with family now. My Dad's love has never faltered throughout the 28 years. He calls my siblings and I almost everyday, sends birthday and holiday cards and emails, but more importantly he has developed an incredible relationship with his grandchildren despite never once meeting them outside of prison walls. He is an amazing grandfather! Today, the laws that were used against him have all been overturned but, unfortunately, because the laws have not been made retroactive, he remains trapped behind prison walls. Our only hope for Dad's release will be through a commutation of his life sentence. Today, Dad is 62 years old and has been a model prisoner; he has never been written up since being incarcerated for the past quarter of a century. He is a changed man and has accepted responsibility for actions that led to his incarceration. My father tries to keep the younger guys in prison on track to stay out of trouble, and when they leave, to stay on track. For more info, go to: www.INPRISON.net Please sign my petition asking President Obama to grant my father clemency.
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
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.
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.