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Nonviolent Offenders

18 petitions

This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to President of the United States

Clemency for Timothy Tyler, life for a nonviolent drug offense

My brother Timothy Tyler was just 25 years old when he was sentenced to die in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. He's watched murderers and rapists leave prison while he has no chance of ever leaving. He is now 45 years old and I want to bring him home. Timothy was a young Grateful Dead fan, who in May of 1992, sold pot and LSD to a friend who turned out to be a police informant. He had never been to prison before, but a judge was forced to give him double life without the possiblity of parole because of two prior drug convictions — even though both those convictions resulted in probation. Life without the possibility of parole means my brother will never have a chance to live outside of prison walls. It's effectively a death sentence. Tim made mistakes when he was young, but after 22 years in prison, he has more than paid his debt to society. He is not a threat to anyone. He wasn't given a chance to get clean and sober to think about the damage he was doing to his life. They locked him up and threw away the key. But there's hope.  In December, President Obama granted clemency to 8 nonviolent drug offenders who were serving mandatory sentences for crack cocaine. And the Department of Justice recently asked for Bar Associations throughout the country to send them more clemency petitions for nonviolent drug offenders. It costs $25,000 per year to keep my non-violent brother in prison for a mistake he made more than 20 years ago.  So far, that is over half a million dollars.  Not only is that not justice, but it's a waste of money. I need your help to show them that Americans think Timothy has paid his debt to society and shouldn't be housed in a cage at the expense of taxpayers anymore. He should be granted clemency.    

Carrie Tyler
423,306 supporters
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
54,584 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
200 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