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Petition to Sharif Street, Stewart Greenleaf, Pennsylvania State Senate, Jason Dawkins, Pennsylvania State House, Daylin Leach, John Sabatina, John Rafferty, Joseph Scarnati, Richard Alloway, John Eichelberger, John Gordner, Wayne Langerholc, Arthur Haywood, Lawrence Farnese, Lisa Boscola, Guy Reschenthaler, Randy Vulakovich, Gene Yaw


PLEASE SUPPORT SENATE BILL SB942 Introduced by Senator Sharif Street and House Bill HB135- Introduced by Pennsylvania House of Representative, Jason Dawkins. Below, Senator Sharif Street and State Rep. Dawkins explain what passing SB942 and HB135 would do for the rehabilitated inmate serving life, as well as our community as taxpayers..... Senator Sharif Street, D- Phila., on October 31, 2017, introduced legislation ( SB942) that proposes any person serving a life sentence under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, may be eligible for parole review after serving 15 years of imprisonment. State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., introduced legislation on April 7, 2017, (HB135), that would abolish sentences of life without parole in Pennsylvania and extend parole eligibility to those already sentenced to life imprisonment. Specifically, Dawkins’s bill would permit a person sentenced to life imprisonment to be released on parole after spending at least 15 years in prison. It also would extend parole eligibility retroactively to those sentenced before the legislation's effective date. Dawkins said that all life sentences in Pennsylvania are imposed without the possibility of parole, which means that people sentenced to life imprisonment may not be considered for parole, no matter how much they have reformed themselves and no matter how unlikely they are to re-offend. "Those sentenced to life in Pennsylvania have no chance of release, even if their age or health make it extremely unlikely that they will ever re-offend," Dawkins said. "Not only is this an injustice to those who are incarcerated and have demonstrated their commitment to rehabilitation, it also is fiscally irresponsible to require taxpayers to foot the bill for sentences that are longer than necessary. "Dawkins added that his bill would not grant a right to parole and the Board of Probation and Parole would continue to thoroughly examine parole requests. "The Board of Probation and Parole will continue to carefully consider requests for parole. This bill simply allows our correctional system to be smart on crime and promote rehabilitation."      

Elizabeth Geyer
3,622 supporters
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Early Supervised Release for Brent Gurley (12897-003) an inmate at FCI Yazoo City - Medium

In 2013, Brent Edwin Gurley plead guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine (1.2 grams) in the United States District Court of the Southern District of Alabama.  He was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment.  This harsh and lengthy sentence was due to the federal sentencing guidelines, the fact Gurley was/is labeled a career offender even though his arrest record shows that so-called career was approximately for six (6) months, along with Gurley not cooperating with the government which would include him providing a list of individuals involved in drug activity and/or participating in controlled buys.  GURLEY'S SENTENCE IS THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME KING PINS RECEIVE.  HE IS NOT A KING PIN BUT MERELY A DRUG ADDICT TRYING TO SUPPLY HIS ADDICTION.  As most would say, Gurley never had a chance.  He, as may felons and incarcerated males, had no guidance in life.  What he was guided to and known as normal would be a life of crime as he was raised a very dark life. Prior to Gurley's federal charges, he had been incarcerated with the State of Alabama Department of Corrections ("ADOC").  All of Gurley's legal issues have been drug related or a result of drug activity or use.  As the State of Alabama is underfunded, Gurley never received the proper treatment he needed in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, not reoffend and be a productive member of the community.  Gurley received inadequate drug treatment, education and job training while incarcerated with the ADOC.  These things should have been acknowledged and resolved before his release from the ADOC.  He definitely would have had a better chance of not reoffending.  Since being federally incarcerated, Gurley managed to handle any and all outside affairs which include dismissing outstanding city and state warrants and cases that were active in various jurisdictions. Since the dismissal of these 14 cases and warrants, he has successfully completed the FCI Yazoo City - Medium's welding training and is currently trying to apply/get approved for the Residential Drug and Alcohol Program ("RDAP").  Also, he is now eligible for the pre-release program which includes the halfway house.  Additionally, he has only had one "shot" in the five (5) years he has been incarcerated which was for having an active Facebook page.   Gurley is 37 years of age and has two sons and one daughter.  He has dreamed of a normal life of waking up, taking out the trash and checking the mail.  He was young during his career offender days.  Only king pins get 120 months incarceration. Based upon his charges and convictions, he is a drug addict, so he should not get a king pin sentence.  Brent has already spent five (5) years of his life incarcerated for the 1.2 grams of methamphetamine and he was paid all his dues plus some, grant him early supervised release so that he may be able to be a son, brother and father.  Please see the Honorable Judge Young’s Opinion dated March 23, 2004 holding  the federal sentencing guidelines unconstitutional.

Missy Hocutt
103 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mike DeWine

Voices for Mackenzie Basham

My daughter Mackenzie Basham pled guilty to 9 counts of burglary in August 2014. She was advised by her attorney to take a deal unethically. She was 19, with a prior of 2 seat belt violations at time of arrest. Allen County Sheriff Samuel A. Crish made a statement publicly of others involved in these crimes in May 2014. No other persons were brought in on any charges associated with this case.Allen County Prosecutor, Juergen A. Waldick, also knew of others involved in these crimes.The head Crime scene investigator on her case was police sergeant Fredrick DePalma. DePalma, 49, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2015 for 35 counts of theft in office and 24 counts of tampering with evidence. He committed the police misconduct on cases in 2014.  DePalma signed every single piece of evidence in Mackenzie's discovery packet against her in 2014. Mackenzie admitted to having stolen property in her apartment and car and being paid to take it to pawn shops. The sentencing judge said aloud that drugs and the "wrong" crowd had put Mackenzie in this situation. In a courtroom full of Mackenzie's family and friends, not one official of Allen County said a word as she pled guilty out of pure fear to every single one of these crimes alone. That would mean 9 burglaries in 3 days, done by one 19 year old girl. She was given a 14 year sentence.  Mackenzie had a 2 year old baby at the time of sentencing, he is now 6 years old.  Please help me be a voice to get Mackenzie a shorter sentence so she can be reunited with her son before 2028. In 2028 her son will be 17 years old, and my daughter will be 34 years old. She has served enough time for her involvement in these crimes and has learned a very difficult lesson. She is now drug free and ready to have a second chance on life. She is a loving mother and a beautiful caring person. She is ready to function in society in a positive way now at 23 years old.  Please help me be her voice on the outside by signing this petition. My goal is to get Mackenzie a commutation of her sentence. This would make her sentence shorter and give an encouraging light at the end of the tunnel for our family who loves her so much. Positive letters of support for Mackenzie can be sent to: Ohio Parole Board Mackenzie Basham #090219 770 West Broad St, Columbus Ohio 43222.

Judy Frisby
2,189 supporters