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parole

19 petitions

Started 3 days ago

Petition to USPardon.Attorney@usdoj.gov , lawrence.b.kupers@usdoj.gov , george.may@usdoj.gov , latisha_colvin@fd.org

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
18 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ralph Northam, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner

Conditional Pardon Petition: children facing adult consequences

At the age of 14, Dustin was sentenced to 70 years in an adult facility for his role in a crime. At such a young age he was described as a boy who was a danger to society. Not just an immediate danger but for the rest of his life. As a mother of 2 almost 14 year old boys, I couldn't imagine looking at them and telling them they'll be a danger and essentially not worthy of another chance for the rest of their lives. Dustin has grown up in a prison, that does not intend to rehabilitate inmates, but to just keep them there. Yet, despite that, Dustin has taken opportunites to recieve his GED, learn trades, work, and his own initiative to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually stronger. He has taken great strides to better himself and is more than capable of being a positive and productive member of society. He takes responsibility for his crimes. Dustin has goals in life, upon his prayerful early release, to mentor children to stay far from the path he himself has been on. He and our families would be more than greatful for the opportunity to show him he deserves another chance. To sentence a juvenile to an adult facility for a lengthy stay sends a message that they are incapable of positive change. It should be the intent of prison sentences to allow for rehabilitation and then afford the offenders the right to be released into society and show they are capable of being productive citizens. To condemn him to such lengthy sentences for mistakes made as a  child, is unjust. This directly impacts families and therefore has negative effects on communities they interact with. To grant Dustin a conditional pardon will restore our families and bring healing to those directly affected with his lengthy sentences.It will also allow him to reach children headed on a difficult road themselves, who may otherwise not have the understanding of what potential consequences they could face. According to a recent study published by the ACLU in 2016, the number of juvenile offenders within 12 U.S states serving between 40 years and life, is an astonishing 8,300. When these children are convicted, they are not old enough even enter into agreements, often not old enough to drive. They are sentenced to terms longer than the lives they have lived and aren't qualified by current laws to even be released until they are old enough to recieve social security. This is unjust and we must stand up and urge our government to reconsider the laws in place. Thank you in advance for your help, your voice matters!

Krysti Chappell
308 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to To Whom It May Concern

Help us keep Robert Carey Seymour in prison

My papa Donald Luke Bratcher was killed in cold blood by a man named Robert Carey Seymour in 1995. I was about 4 years old but I remember the last day I seen my papa like it was yesterday. Seymour had picked my papa up in Elberton, ga as he was walking to our house to give him a ride. He didn't have transportation but he got around on foot just fine. I remember my papa gave me a $1 bill and told me to buy myself something. As a kid I thought I'd struck the lottery! I hugged him and told him bye as we noticed the man he was riding with my mama just didn't have a good feeling about it. Over the course of the day for some reason Seymour thought my papa must be a wealthy man, in fact he wasn't the least bit money wise but he had a heart of gold and would give the shirt off his back. Somehow they ended up on a old logging road in Elberton, Ga and my papa asked for Seymour to stop so he could make a pit stop to pee (lol it was the 90s and in the middle of nowhere) little did my papa know he'd never get to hear what I baught with that $1 he gave me. He was hit in the head with a cement brick and left to suffer and die in the woods as Seymour drove off. I guess he got away with the very little money papa had in his wallet. Maybe $10? It wasn't like my mama to not hear from papa daily. He stayed in touch. Mama knew something wasn't right after just a couple days and she kept telling everyone something was wrong. She filed a missing persons report after the 48 rule and of course the law enforcement just reassured her he'd be fine and was probably off drinking. Days passed, weeks passed and she knew someone had hurt him. Seymour was questioned and interrogated all while the FBI was investigating the hotel room my papa was staying at when he went missing and saw blood under the black lights and found his wallet behind the toilet tank. Finally he broke his silence and lead them to my papas so badly decomposed body he was unidentifiable. The family was able to indentify the clothes that was found on the bones that were left and the color of the hair that was left laying in a circle where his sweet face once was. Seymour was convicted of murder and was sentenced to prison for the rest of his natural life. I never saw my papa again. This is where you come in. Recently my mother was contacted by victim services to let her know that Seymour was being released on parole once he finishes his work release program. Seymour has only been in prison for 24 years. After receiving this news I searched his name on google which brought up a article about how Seymour was diagnosed with skin cancer. Seymour was placed in Augusta State Medical Prison where he started undergoing surgery for the tumors and to start radiation because it was now in his lymph nodes. BUT he is complaining about the sanitation of the prison and says he will refuse treatment if he has to stay there any longer. Now his family is fighting because they think he should just get out and receive his care on parole and live the rest of his life because the treatment he is receiving is unsanitary and not good enough for him. Excuse me but when did HE have the right to decide that? Ya know after he decided it was okay to murder my papa. How sanitary was what you did to him? How fair was that? So no. He deserves to stay in prison. Death bed or not. He deserves his sentencing. Please help me today and sign this petition so we can present it to the parole board before 4/30/18. Please. Thank you.

Jessica Christian
1,354 supporters