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Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Carl Heastie, Kevin S. Parker, Luis R. Sepúlveda, Jamaal T. Bailey, James F. Gaughran, John E. Brooks, Phillip M. Boyle, Andrew J Lanza, Jen Metzger, James G. Skoufis, Andrew S. Gounardes, Timothy M. Kennedy, James Sanders, Jr., Brian Benjamin, Gustavo Rivera, New York State House, New York State Senate

HELP FREE WILLIAM BLAKE FROM SOLITARY AFTER 32 YRS. TELL NEW YORK TO PASS HALT BILL NOW.

Sign this petition to tell the New York State legislature to pass the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act now. By signing, you can also help free Mr. William Blake from the torture of living in solitary confinement for the rest of his life. He has spent more than three decades locked in a 6’ x 8’ closet-sized cell. He is reportedly the longest-held prisoner kept in administrative solitary confinement in New York State. The Photograph During his 32-year prison stay, Mr. Blake has not spent one day outside of solitary confinement. He has gone years at a time without having a single visitor. After corresponding by mail with Mr. Blake for nearly two years, I was finally able to visit him this past January. He didn’t want me to visit him as a lawyer because we’d be separated by plexiglass and we’d have to talk through a small open window. He said he’d feel less human if I met him that way. So I visited him like anyone else and we were able to talk while seated across from each other at a stainless steel counter. The picture was taken in front of false backdrop at New York’s Great Meadows Maximum Security Correctional Facility. It is located near the Vermont border just outside of the Adirondack Park. There’s a story behind this picture, but I can’t go into it here and now. That’s me on the left. I’m an attorney, former judge, and an author. On the right and dressed in an extra-large (“X-L” was written in magic marker in large letters on the outside of his back collar) green prison jumpsuit, is Mr. William Blake. He showed me how he had to tear off the bottom hem of his jumpsuit by hand to shorten it so he would not trip over the extra length. I have met Mr. Blake a total of three times at Great Meadows just like any other visitor. At all times the prison personnel there have treated me professionally. I have witnessed their interaction with many other visitors. As far as I could tell, the staff acted professionally with them as well. Our Story In April of 2017, Mr. Blake first wrote me a letter and asked for pro-bono (free) legal help as an attorney. Later, I learned that he sent the letter to me at random along with about twenty other attorneys in New York State. There are about 177,000 lawyers in New York and I had not practiced a day of criminal law in my life. I knew nothing about Mr. Blake. Because I’m not a famous author, judge, or attorney, he knew nothing about me. Mr. Blake wrote me because he wanted my legal help to get him out of solitary confinement. He didn’t want my help to get out of prison. He wanted the opportunity to be placed with the community of prisoners in the general population. It is important to realize that Mr. Blake is not asking for a second chance. He’s asking for a first chance because he has not lived one day outside of solitary confinement since his sentencing in 1987. I wrote back to Mr. Blake and explained that I could not help him. As a solo lawyer, I was ill-equipped to devote the necessary manpower and resources on his behalf in a legal battle that would likely involve years of litigation and then years of appeals. I am the author of two thriller novels (Saving Babe Ruth and The Killdeer Connection) with a third, Caged to Kill, being released along with this petition. You can read more about Caged to Kill at this Amazon Link. You can read more about me at my blog at this link. While I couldn’t assist Mr. Blake in court, my conscience would not let me walk away. I thought that I could tell people about his plight via a story about a prisoner dealing with the effects of solitary confinement. I asked him to help me research the topic. Mr. Blake agreed, and we started a nearly two-year pen-pal relationship that helped me create my new novel. I hoped that Caged to Kill would help raise awareness of Mr. Blake’s situation. But I know when I write fiction, even inspired by true events, people always wonder if something is true or not. I didn’t want this to happen to Mr. Blake. I want to make sure that people see the true nature of the torture he deals with daily. When I learned that legislation was up for a vote in New York State that could gain his release from solitary, I decided I had to write this petition. The United Nations In 2015, the US government voted for, and the United Nations adopted, the Mandela Rules, which prohibit any person from being held in solitary beyond 15 days because it is torture. In 2013, the United Nations specifically cited the case of Mr. Blake as an example of torture. The UN Special Rapporteur concluded that the rights Mr. Blake “to be free from torture have been violated, and that the practice of solitary confinement in New York State violates the international obligations of the United States of America.” New York and other states currently place no limit on the total time a person can spend in solitary confinement. Colorado, for example, has implemented a 15-day limit on solitary and reduced the number of people in solitary from 1,500 to 18. The New York Remedy If the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act, (A. 2500 / S. 1623) is passed by the New York legislature and signed into law by Governor Cuomo, then a person in New York may be held in isolated confinement no more than 15 consecutive days nor 20 days total in any 60-day period. At these limits, a person must be released or diverted to the alternative residential rehabilitation units with more out-of-cell time, programs, and therapy. Also, no person 55 years or older can be held in solitary confinement. Mr. Blake, now 55 years old, has spent almost 32 years of his life in solitary confinement or its equivalent in New York State prisons. That’s going on 11,680 days or nearly 780 times greater than the length of time allowed for by the United Nations. He lives in a 6’ x 8’ box alone for 23 hours per day. For recreation, he’s allowed to roam outdoors exposed to the weather in an empty cage alone for an hour per day, take it or leave it. Up until three months ago, he had no furniture in his cell--just room for a cot and a combination toilet/sink. Three months ago, they added a small desk, but he still uses his solid bedframe for a desk while he sits on his mattress on the floor. Good luck finding publicly available photographs of his living arrangements because they don’t exist. I have some sketches and that’s it. Meals are delivered through a slot in the door. There is continuous noise from people in mental anguish and the odors from desperate men can be overwhelming. As revealed by his first letter to me, Mr. Blake believes that his only remedy is to sue New York State for constitutional violations in federal court to at least get the chance to live with other prisoners in the general population. I learned later that Mr. Blake, representing himself, had already sued in federal court for his unconstitutional confinement in 1992 for the early part of his solitary confinement. Little good it did him. The case didn’t reach trial until 2005. He spent thirteen years in solitary awaiting trial. Though he won the case and showed that he was not given fair reviews of his solitary status for years, the jury awarded him $1.00 in damages. They found that even though he had not been given fair reviews of his status, the prison officials would have confined him anyway in solitary if he had been given fair reviews. The important thing to note here is that the federal court is either incapable or unwilling to properly review Mr. Blake’s solitary confinement. If he were to sue today challenging his solitary confinement, would it be another thirteen years for him in solitary before his case would come to trail again? Most likely, yes. You can plainly see that there is no remedy in the courts for Mr. Blake. But there is a remedy in the court of public opinion. The law of large numbers is more powerful than any court of law. Please sign this petition and tell New York State to stop torturing Mr. Blake and those similarly situated. Yes, Mr. Blake killed a police officer in 1987 and wounded another officer. What he did was horrible and he knows it. In 2011, he publicly apologized for his actions in open court and has been sentenced to a life sentence in prison for the crimes. He was not sentenced to a life sentence in solitary confinement. In writing and researching Caged to Kill, I have spent two years reviewing his case history and thousands of pages of documents that relate to his time spent in prison. I have personally interviewed him. I don’t believe that any of us should spend a lifetime being perpetually defined by the worst day in our lives, if we are capable of changing. Quite frankly, I don’t believe Mr. Blake is the same angry young man that killed the police officer when he was twenty-three years of age. Please understand that inmates who have killed police officers live in the general prison population. By and large, killing a police officer or anyone else doesn’t land you in solitary. Even David Berkowitz, who came to be known as the serial killer “Son of Sam,” lives in the general population according to an April 2006 press release from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. In the 1970s, he shot and killed six victims, injured seven others, and pled guilty to setting multiple fires in New York City. While the standards for acceptable behavior should be automatically adjusted when we put someone in a cage alone, they are not necessarily lowered. If you treat someone like a beast, they should be expected to behave like a beast. Imagine how you’d feel if you were locked in an elevator-size room day in and day out. How would you behave? But disciplinary tickets are often issued without considering that the prisoner is locked in a cage. It’s like saying, “You need to behave well while we torture you.” Even so, over the course of the past 32 years, there have been long stretches where Mr. Blake hasn’t had a single ticket for an alleged disciplinary violation even while treated like a beast. In the past five years plus, he has been written up only once for an incident for which he received counseling. But they still won’t give him the opportunity to get out of the box and live with the prison community. His status in solitary is supposed to be reviewed regularly every 30 or 60 days, depending on the regulations in force at the time. But New York has missed many reviews over the past four years. In fact, the state may have missed more reviews than it has actually written during this time frame, according to Mr. Blake. Mr. Blake is not allowed to attend and participate in any solitary status reviews that may occur. He is not allowed to have legal counsel represent him at the reviews either. That’s a shame because I would be willing to represent him and even testify on his behalf. When he does receive a written solitary review, they talk about his original crime or his most recent ticket as if it happened yesterday, even if it was years or decades ago. At no time do they tell him what specific behavioral goals he needs to achieve in order to earn his release from solitary, despite repeated written requests by him. Once someone is placed in solitary, the goal automatically should be to release that person from solitary if at all possible. But such a system does not exist for Mr. Blake. It’s like the famous roach motel commercial for him: He can check into solitary, but he can’t check out. It makes no difference if he’s an angel or the devil himself while in solitary. No matter what, he’ll still find himself in solitary or be sentenced to more solitary for any infraction, real or fabricated, even if there’s no end to his solitary sentence to begin with. Madness? You bet. As you can see, there is no remedy for Mr. Blake currently in New York’s prison system. It’s amazing that Mr. Blake hasn’t killed himself, gone mad, or committed any acts of self-harm while he’s been held captive. Many inmates do these things when faced with this situation. Mr. Blake spends much of his time reading, writing letters, writing stories, and writing poetry. He has had a poem published along with several essays. If he gets out of solitary, he told me he’d like to offer a course in writing for other prisoners. Conclusion There are capital-punishment states and there are life-sentence states. New York is neither for William Blake and those like him. What we have currently in New York for Mr. Blake and others like him is a torture state. This situation is a crime against humanity. It also is a threat to our society and communities when we victimize these tortured prisoners and then release them into our neighborhoods. If and when inmates do finish their sentence while in solitary, they are released directly into the streets and dumped on your doorstep. Prison officials have said publicly that wouldn’t want to live next a person straight out of solitary. Only the deranged knowingly support a state government that has a policy of torture. We know it exists; now we have to make it stop. It’s our justice system and it’s up to all of us acting together stop this cruelty. All William Blake wants is the opportunity to live in the general prison population. If passed and signed into law, the HALT legislation will give him that opportunity because he’s 55 years old and will not be subject to solitary confinement under this proposed law. But there are many inmates who are trapped in solitary. In sum, there is no remedy in the system and there’s no remedy in the courts for Mr. Blake. If the legislation doesn’t pass, Mr. Blake and others like him will be tortured in solitary confinement for the rest of their lives. PLEASE HELP: (1) FIRST AND FOREMOST,  PLEASE BE A HERO AND SIGN THE PETITION TO END THE TORTURE OF WILLIAM BLAKE ALONG WITH OTHERS IN NEW YORK STATE AND BEYOND. TELL GOVERNOR CUOMO AND THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO GIVE MR. BLAKE AND OTHERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE IN THE GENERAL POPULATION BY PASSING THE LONG-TERM (HALT) SOLITARY CONFINEMENT ACT (A. 2500 / S. 1623), AS DRAFTED. (2) IF YOU'RE A READER, CONSIDER BUYING A COPY OF CAGED TO KILL. "MEDIUM" JUST NAMED IT AS THE "FIRST MUST READ OF 2019."  IF YOU ENJOY IT,  LEAVE A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE BOOK ON AMAZON TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS OF MR. BLAKE’S SITUATION AND THAT OF OTHERS TRAPPED IN SOLITARY. EVERY COPY HAS LINKS IN IT TO THIS PETITION AND READERS ARE SIGNING THE PETITION DAILY. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOOK AND PURCHASE IT HERE AT THIS AMAZON LINK. (3) COMMENT BELOW ABOUT WHY YOU SUPPORT THIS CAUSE SO WE CAN RETWEET YOUR COMMENTS TO RAISE MORE AWARENESS. (4) I HAVE STARTED A GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN TO HELP SUPPORT THE CAUSE. ANYTHING YOU CAN AFFORD, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, WILL HELP. CLICK THIS LINK TO GO TO THE GOFUNDME PAGE. (MONEY CONTRIBUTED TO CHANGE.ORG GOES TO CHANGE.ORG AND I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT). (5) EMAIL THIS TO YOUR FRIENDS OR, IF HAVE A MAILING LIST OF PEOPLE WHO MIGHT SUPPORT THE CAUSE, PLEASE CONSIDER EMAILING IT TO THEM.   THANK YOU FOR SIGNING THE PETITION AND FOR ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN DO.  Use the hastags: #HaltSolitary, #FreeBillyNow, #Justice, #CagedToKill

Tom Swyers
984 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL - JEFF SESSIONS, Donald Trump

NATIONAL ACTION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY! PROSECUTE POLICE WHO MURDER UNARMED INDIVIDUALS!

INVESTIGATIONS "CASE BY CASE" HAVE NOT AND SHALL NOT REMEDY THE PROBLEM! AS ONE IS BEING INVESTIGATED "HUNDREDS MORE" ARE MOUNTING UP! AND INDEED POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDER HAS ESCALATED TO THE LEVEL OF NATIONAL PROPORTIONS... THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS ARE BEING "STOPPED & FRISKED" FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER... THE LOSS OF LIFE THAT HAS OCCURRED AT THE HANDS OF POLICE HAS ESCALATED TO WHERE "UNARMED INDIVIDUALS" ARE BEING FIRED UPON AND KILLED... WEEKS AND MONTHS GO BY  WITH "NO EXPLANATION" FOR THESE SHOOTINGS BY THEIR DEPARTMENT! THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL WITHIN THESE STATES HAVE "REFUSED TO ACT" LEAVING ALL ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY THE COMMISSIONER'S OF THESE DEPARTMENTS.  THE COMMISSIONER'S HAVE "JUSTIFIED" THE ACTIONS OF THESE OFFICERS - AND IN MANY CASES "PROMOTED THEM" AFTER THE KILLING OF THESE VICTIMS. THE MECHANISMS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE HAVE "ALL FAILED" AND THE ESCALATION OF POLICE BRUTALITY IS "EVIDENCE" OF THAT FAILURE. WE HAVE WITNESSED THE CONFESSIONS OF POLICE THEMSELVES WHO HAVE TESTIFIED THAT THEY WERE MADE TO ISSUE SUMMONSES AND "MAKE ARRESTS WITHOUT CAUSE" AND THE SUBSEQUENT "HARASSMENT" WHICH FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEIR REFUSAL... WE HAVE HEARD TESTIMONY IN COURT HOW THEY INDEED PLANTED NARCOTICS ON INNOCENT VICTIMS SIMPLY TO MEET THE QUOTA REQUIRED CONCERNING AN ARREST!! YET, THOSE INDIVIDUALS REMAIN INCARCERATED FOR THE CRIME ACCUSED!! http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/fabricated-drug-charges-innocent-people-meet-arrest-quotas-detective-testifies-article-1.963021   THE RECOURSE OF THE PEOPLE HAS BEEN THWARTED, SO THAT THERE REMAINS NO COURSE OF ACTION THAT CAN BE TAKEN! THEREFORE THIS EPIDEMIC, WHICH HAS REACHED "NATIONAL PROPORTIONS" IS BEING PRESENTED TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES FOR IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION, ACTION AND REMEDY. AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, THE OCCUPIER OF OFFICE IS THE "CHIEF LAW ENFORCER" HAVING JURISDICTION OVER BOTH STATE AND GOVERNMENT IN ISSUES CONCERNING LAW! AND WHEN VIOLATIONS OF LAW ARE RAMPANT, UN-CHECKED AND UNABATED, HE HAS A "SWORN DUTY" TO RESPOND THOSE VIOLATIONS. LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES HAS "ABUSED THE AUTHORITY" VESTED IN THEM, AND HAVE VIOLATED ON A "CONTINUAL BASIS" THE LAW ITSELF!  BUT NO ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN, EITHER BY THEIR DEPARTMENT, OR ATTORNEY GENERALS WITHIN THEIR STATE! THEREFORE, PETITION IS MADE BEFORE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES TO NOT ONLY ACT ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE OFFICE - FOR WHICH HE OR SHE HAS "SWORN AN OATH" TO FULFILL UPON OCCUPANCY! LET IT BE UNDERSTOOD: THAT A "FAILURE OR REFUSAL TO ACT" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OBLIGATIONS CONCERNING THOSE DUTIES, SIGNIFIES AN INABILITY TO HOLD THE OFFICE WHICH IS NOW BEING HELD.

Danette Chavis
82,526 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Federal Bureau of Prisons

End the blatant racial discrimination in our criminal justice system

We demand that the blatant racial discrimination in our criminal justice system be brought to light, and we recognize that ending it is a nearly impossible task. However, simply spreading awareness of such a widely pervasive issue (denied by so many) is quite a feat in and of itself. Before reading, I want you to consider something. True privilege is the power to ignore or even deny a problem simply because it is inconvenient to you. It is more comfortable to believe the problem is non-existent when it does not directly affect you as an individual. In 1776, America was infamously founded upon the principles of freedom, liberty, and equality. However, these basic human rights have been long unattainable for many. To this day, African Americans are being denied freedom due to our nation’s unjust prison system. Racial bias is undoubtedly interwoven throughout the American criminal justice system, and it is our responsibility as a nation to bring this systematic racism to an end. Intentional or not, when racial bias is combined with the intense pressure put on police to meet ticket and arrest quotas, blacks ultimately pay the price. African Americans are disproportionately ticketed, searched, and arrested. According to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department, African Americans receive 95 percent of jaywalking tickets and 94 percent of tickets for “failure to comply.” The report goes on to mention that: "African Americans account for 85% of vehicle stops, 90% of citations, and 93% of arrests made by FPD officers, despite comprising only 67% of Ferguson’s population. African Americans are more than twice as likely as white drivers to be searched during vehicle stops even after controlling for non-race based variables such as the reason the vehicle stop was initiated, but are found in possession of contraband 26% less often than white drivers, suggesting officers are impermissibly considering race as a factor when determining whether to search." There is simply no justifiable explanation for the inordinate stops, citations, and searching of blacks, especially when taking into account the decreased likelihood of finding illegal drugs or weapons. Furthermore, a study of stop and frisk incidents in Boston by the ACLU found that: "...Blacks were subjected to 63% of these encounters, even though they made up just 24% of Boston’s population. The analysis also showed that crime—whether measured by neighborhood crime rates or the arrest records or alleged gang involvement of the civilians subjected to these encounters—does not explain away this racial disparity." Incredibly, 97.5 percent of these encounters resulted in no arrest or seizure of contraband. Allow me to repeat myself: how is it that blacks, and more specifically African Americans, are stopped at such a drastically higher rate than whites despite being much less likely to be in possession of illegal weapons or substances? Clearly our system is culpable of blatant racial discrimination. In defense of law enforcement, many people believe blacks simply commit more crimes and there is no racial disparity. Many prefer to ignore the rampant corruption in our biased system. However, denial can't ever resolve this very real issue. According to a study of 237,000 traffic stops in Rhode Island, blacks constitute approximately 11 percent of those stopped, which is notably higher than their 6.5 percent share of the population at large. More importantly, the study also found that blacks were stopped much more frequently during the daytime, when the race of the driver is more easily identified (Ross 119-122). This ingenious method of determining whether or not racism exists in law enforcement (by only taking statistics from daytime stops) has proven the existence of racial bias among police officers and other law enforcement. In modern America, this obvious racial discrimination is absolutely inexcusable. Unsurprisingly, the same targeting of blacks is rampant within our court system. Judges face immense pressure to meet prison quotas and any racial bias (however unintentional) tends to result in disproportional profiling and sentencing of African Americans. According to the aforementioned Ferguson Missouri Report, black people facing similar low-level charges as white people were 68 percent less likely to see those charges dismissed in court. More than 90 percent of the arrest warrants stemming from failure to pay/failure to appear were issued for black people. Furthermore, black jurors tend to be dismissed much more frequently than white jurors, and for seemingly illegitimate reasons. According to The Washington Post, “Between 1994 and 2002, Jefferson Parish prosecutors struck 55 percent of blacks, but just 16 percent of whites. Although blacks make up 23 percent of the population, 80 percent of criminal trials had no more than two black jurors in a state where it takes only 10 of 12 juror votes to convict” (Balko). Even when all outside factors are taken into account, the numbers still don’t add up. It is appalling that such obvious racial discrimination can continue in our American system. This system is heavily biased toward sending African Americans to jail and keeping them there as long as possible. Bail is likely to be higher for blacks according to a 2018 study of bail practices in New Orleans. This study found that black people are more likely to be required to pay bail, more likely to have higher bail, are less likely to be able to afford bail and, therefore, are more likely to remain incarcerated before trial (Daniels 1-6). Blacks are more likely to be sentenced to jail time than whites for the same crime and receive longer jail sentences. Interestingly, 2017 report found that when blacks and whites committed similar drug crimes, blacks received a sentence that was two-thirds longer on average. In some areas it was a shocking two or three times longer (Salman). Moreover, blacks are far more likely than whites to be found guilty of parole violations. There is a widely disproportionate incarceration rate for blacks, even when all outside factors are controlled. Countless voices have spoken up against this issue, only to be silenced time and time again. According to the Los Angeles Times, between 2012 and 2014 the LAPD received more than 1,350 citizen complaints of racial profiling, of which not a single one was upheld (Mather). This well-worn practice of stereotyping and jailing blacks must come to an end. Our nation’s so boldly titled criminal justice system seems to scarcely apply true justice. Is freedom, liberty and equality for all people of our nation too much to ask?                                                        Works Cited: Balko, Radley. “There's Overwhelming Evidence That the Criminal-Justice System Is Racist. Here's the Proof.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 18 Sept. 2018, www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/09/18/theres-overwhelming-evidence-that-the-criminal-justice-system-is-racist-heres-the-proof/?utm_term=.4d1c2d5c6335 Daniels, Flozell, Jr., et al. From Bondage to Bail Bonds: Putting a Price on Freedom in New Orleans. Rep. The New Orleans Prosperity Index: Tricentennial Collection. N.p.: Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, 2018. Mather, Kate. "LAPD Found No Bias in All 1,356 Complaints Filed against Officers." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2015. Ross, Matthew B., Ph.D., et al. State of Rhode Island Comprehensive Police-Community Relationship Act of 2015 (CCPRA): Traffic Stop Data Analysis and Findings. Rep. The Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, Central Connecticut State University. N.p.: IMRP, 2016. Salman, Josh, et al. "One War. Two Races. Racial Bias in Florida." One War. Two Races. | Sarasota Herald-Tribune Media Group | Punishment. Herald Tribune, 12 Dec. 2016. Staff from the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts and the National ACLU Racial Justice Program. Black, Brown, and Targeted: A Report on Boston Police Department Street Encounters from 2007-2010. Rep. ACLU. N.p.: American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Massachusetts, 2014. 1-6. United States. Department of Justice. Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. N.p.: Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, 2015. 4-5.  

Kat H
45 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to John Bel Edwards

Malcolm Naverro Innocence Took At A Young Age Which Gave Him Life For A Crime He Didn't Do

I'm from Morgan City, Louisiana. I'm 31 years of age (soon to be 32). I am currently incarcerated at Louisiana State Penitentiary. I have been in prison since I was 18 years old. This is my first time locked up and I was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, probation, or suspension of sentence for a 2006 murder I did not commit. This is my public cry out to the outside world. This is a total outrage. I have a beautiful son that will be 14 years old this year. I have not seen him since he was 7 months old. It is time I get myself out of here. I look back on my life and I compare it to many other unjust failed attempts for equivalent, equity, and equal opportunity in this system we pay to protect and serve us. Instead, it only neglects its duties to protect us. I look at guys like: Sean Bell, Kimani Gray, Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin, and the many many others who have fallen victim to this corrupt system. They make it seem as if it is a crime to be born black. That is one strike we will have held against us forever. I am a man of God so I love everyone. I was not taught to hate and I certainly will not teach it to my children. So if there is anybody who still have that God given, pure love within them, I ask for your help in assisting me in my situation. Maybe this cry out will catch some national attention because I am so tired of holding it in. I do not care who you are or your ethnic background. We are family and I welcome you with wide open arms and so much unconditional love... Thanks and God Bless- Malcolm Naverro Malcolm Naverro #527577LA. State Prison General DeliveryAngola, LA 70712

Murphy Skinner
805 supporters