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parole

19 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks 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
2,179 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks 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
387 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

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

END DEATH BY INCARCERATION IN PENNSYLVANIA. SUPPORT SENATE BILL SB942 & HOUSE BILL HB135

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
2,939 supporters