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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
564 supporters
Started 5 days ago

Petition to State of North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission

Deny Parole to Convicted Murderer in North Carolina

Petition to Deny Parole to Inmate Ervin L. Terry (DOC Num: 0402745)  We, the undersigned, petition the State of North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission to deny parole to Inmate Ervin L. Terry.    On March 24, 1992, the Supreme Court of North Carolina convicted the Inmate of First-Degree Murder and Second-Degree Murder of Mr. Timothy Wayne Pernell and Mr. David Ronald Talley, respectively.  The acts occurred on August 23, 1991, in Kittrell, North Carolina, at Variety Pickup Store, where Mr. Talley and Mr. Pernell had stopped, along with their friend, Mr. Shelton Edward Peoples, who suffered serious injuries.  The court also convicted the Inmate of Assault with a Deadly Weapon in connection with the gunshot wounds of Mr. Peoples.       Tragically, the deceased left behind two small children: Brittany Pernell, merely ten months old, and Cameron Talley, only eleven months old at the time of his father’s death.  Further, the young spouses of Mr. Talley and Mr. Pernell were left to care for their infants as they mourned the deaths of their husbands and faced years to come of anxiety, depression, and emotional hardship.  In addition, the events that transpired on this day affected the family of Mr. Peoples, along with the extended families of Mr. Pernell and Mr. Talley.  The quaint community of Kittrell, North Carolina, also mourned as it suffered the tragic loss of two honorable young men on this August day. Kittrell is a small town outside of Raleigh, North Carolina, where its residents feel safe and, like in many small towns, neighbors are always willing to lend a helping hand.  Neighbors such as these include the victims herein, who were merely helping one another build a barn for the Pernell family on the day the acts occurred and had stopped at the Variety Pickup Store to take a quick break.  The release of the Inmate would be detrimental to this charming town in North Carolina, as many of its citizens would be forced to live in fear for the foreseeable future, knowing a convicted murder has been released in their area.  As such, we petition that parole be denied for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:  1)    The Inmate would be a danger to society.  The Inmate committed the aforementioned acts against individuals whom he had not previously interacted.  Such behavior indicates the Inmate has a general propensity to kill others. 2)    The families of the deceased and the affected would be at risk should the Inmate be released.  To permit the release of the Inmate is to put the family of the deceased in immediate physical danger, as it would the convicted the freedom to engage in further criminal conduct, especially crimes against the family of the man who he murdered.  Due to the offender’s violent and unlawful past, it is unlikely he would comply with any conditions of parole.  3)    The families of the deceased would suffer increased psychological and emotional hardship should the Inmate be released.  Members of the Pernell and Talley families have suffered extreme psychological and emotional hardship as a result of the loss of their loved ones, forcing them to battle years of anxiety and depression.  The release of the convicted would exacerbate such conditions. As stated above, such a release would endanger members of society, not in the least the Pernell, Talley, and Peoples families.  As such, we petition the State of North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission to deny the parole of the Inmate, and in the alternative, only release the Inmate with the strictest conditions of parole as permitted by law.

Brittany Pernell
1,719 supporters
Update posted 3 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
1,811 supporters