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prison reform

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Petition to John Hickenlooper, Alan Loeb, Catherine P. Adkisson

Release Rene Lima-Marin

My husband Rene Michael Lima-Marin was incarcerated in 1998 at the age of 19 and served 10 years of his 16 year sentence for robbery in which he used an unloaded gun and no one was hurt. He was released in 2008 and placed on parole which he successfully completed in 2013. But in January 2014 it was determined that a clerical error had been made and he was sent back to prison for an additional 90 years.   During his six years of freedom, Rene strived to be a productive member of society.  He had been rehabilitated and took full advantage of this second chance; we had a child, purchased a home, and got married. He coached his step-son’s soccer team, mentored other youth to stay out of trouble, and maintained full time employment so he could support our family. To take him away from our family and lock him up for the rest of his life is unjust. I certainly do not want to make light of the mistakes that Rene made as a teenager but I do call into question the life sentence Rene and our family faces. Does a man that was formally released from the penal system, met all the conditions of this release, and turned his life around deserve this type of justice? Are we as a society really willing to accept that a clerical error is enough justification to rip apart a family?   Rehabilitate means to help re-adapt, as to a former state of health or good repute. The entire penal system was created to rehabilitate and restore individuals to be productive members of society.   Please sign my petition asking Attorney General John Suthers, Arapahoe County Chief Judge William Blair Sylvester, and Colorado Appeals Chief Judge Alan Loeb to release Rene from this unjust sentencing. I ask for this so he may return home where he can continue to be a tax paying model employee, an engaged and loving father and a supportive husband.

Jasmine Lima-Marin
285,787 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to 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
43,489 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Terry Branstad, Federal Drug Administration

SIGN TO WIN THE WAR ON DRUGS VIA AMENDMENT 21 REISSUING+APPLICATION FOR 2017-2020

**“The War On Drugs Was Never A War It’s A Political Hoax America!”** “The War On Drugs Has To Come To An End, And This Is Why It Needs To End..”-Society Is In Severe First World Collapse Due To The Never-Ending War Against Drugs. Politicians Make Misleading Speeches Begging America That We Need More Drug Laws To Solve All The Problems In Our Economy Today. The Truth Of This Drug War Is All We Having Accomplished By Creating More Laws Against Drugs Has Allowed Bigger Breeding Grounds For Criminals To Socially Organize, And Grow From. **If We Ended This War On Drugs Right Now At This Moment We Would Benefit Far Greater In Society Then We Ever Have!** However If We Don’t Do Something Soon The Economy That We Have Worked So Very Hard To Build Will Eventually Burn To Ash Under The Heavy Spending We Have Allowed To Go On For Far Too Long. -Let’s Face It We Have Absolutely Gained Nothing In Fighting This Childish War On Drugs, And It Is Taking Away American Resources By The Seconds Of Every Minute Of Every Hour Of Everyday, And If We Don’t Stop It The United States Of America Will No Longer Exist Forty Years From Now Because Of The Amount Of Debt We Have Gained From All These Childish Wars On Drugs! -Legalization Is An Option That We Must Heavily Consider, If We Are Ever To Reduce Crime Rates In Our Country. Here Is How The Economy Will Be Positively Impacted By Ending The War On Drugs Creating A Giant Win Here In America. Today Is The Day We Will Finally Learn How The Drug War Hurts Addicted Drug Victims, Then We Will Learn How It Is Completely Destroying Our Economy, And Finally Why Many Of These Drugs Were Made Illegal In The First Place Here In The United States! -So How Does This Affect The Addicted Victims You May Ask.Well According To Drugsense.Org -Quote [“Prisons Across America Are Overpopulated With Drug Addict Inmates, And Because Of This Federal Lawmakers Decide Whether To Use More Tax funded Money For More Prisons, Or More Rehabilitation Facilities”./-Unquote]This Is Exactly The Problem Over Half Of Our Prison Imitates Are In Prison For Non-Violent Drug Charges!Cbsnews.Com Reported What Was Said From Former Surgeon Dr. Joycelyn Elders -Quote [Marijuana Needs To Be Legalized Because A High Number Of Our Youth, Our Future In This Nation Is In Prison For Nonviolent Marijuana Related Offenses. -Unquote]This Is Our Future Sitting Behind Bars America It’s Time We Wake Up, And Do Something About This!! -How Exactly Are We Going To Do So You Asked, By Using What History Has Taught Us The Prohibition Of Alcohol In 1920 Era Was A Meltdown In Society As Well, Yet It Was Still Being Sold And Used In The 1920s, But By Criminals Called Bootleggers, And Gangsters Were The Ones Now Providing And Selling It Illegally Killing Those Who Got In Their Way!! **To All The Americans Reading This As Well, “If It Wasn’t For The 21st Amendment There Wouldn’t Be Much Drinking At All In America!!!!”** -The Creation Of 21st Amendment Ended The Prohibition With Alcohol, And The End Result More Taxes Were Gained In Selling The Alcohol Drugs.  -If Government Were To Use Same Formula, Applying Taxes To Sale Of These Former Said Illegal Drugs Profits Will Be Made, And Greater Revenues Of Income Would Be The Rewards In Doing Such. The Exact Same Companies Which Manufacture Our Over The Counter Drugs, And Prescription Drugs Could Also Be Given The Responsibility In Overseeing The Regulation Of Former Illegal Drugs In The Same Fashion As Alcohol Has Been Done For Almost A 100 Years! And The Paraphernalia That Is Needed To Use These Controlled Drugs Could Also Be Controlled, And Taxed To Benefit The American Economy As Well. **By Legalizing Drugs The State And Local Governments Corresponding Would Get To Keep And Save $30 Billion Yearly As Well As Time, Money, And Effort Spent Failing Trying To Law Enforcing The Prohibition Of Drugs!** -On A Federal Level By Doing Such, America Would Save 15 Billion Dollars Every Year! Add The 15 Billion Spent Each Year Per State, All 50 States, And The Grand Total To 1.515 Trillion Dollars We Could Save Each Year By Ending The War On Drugs, And Use To Help Americans Instead Of Arresting Innocent Victimized Americans! - Also According To Professor Miron, A Harvard Economics Teacher, He States, -Quote [Please Just Say Yes To Legalizing Drugs It Is Very Good For Our Society, And Economy In The United States Of America!/-Unquote] I Personally Completely Agree Entirely There Is So Much To Gain From Legalizing Drugs, Then There Is Wastefully Spending Billions Of Dollars From Taxpayers, And Government Budget Grants! -Many Of The Illegal Drugs Were Made The United States, Due To Political, And Historical Events Which Took Place, And Since Have Escalated Into Huge Problems In America.. -According To Paul M. Gahlinger, Author Of Illegal Drugs: A Complete Guide To Their History, Chemistry, Use, And Abuse, Says, - Quote [There Are Around 178 Drugs Total Classified As Illegal In The United States, And Most Of These Sick Chemicals Are Unknown To The Public, Doctors, And Even Drug Rehab Therapists,/-Unquote.] -Paul M. Also States, -Quote [Some Drugs Are Only Because Of Historical And Political Reasons, And There No Evidence Of Their Abuse Or, Reasoning For It To Be Illegal At All!!/-Unquote.] -Yes What You Are Currently Reading Is Entirely True, And Yes The War On Drugs Was Created For A Solid Political Foundation Under The Authority Of President Richard Nixon, As A Means Of Gaining Power While Still In Office. “I Will Also Mention The Fact That This Enactment Which Took Place In 1970 Has Done Nothing, But Harm Non-Violent Americans.” Which Is Exactly Why The War On Drugs Needs To Come To An End!!!! As We Can See The Drug War Is Hurting Drug Users In America, And We Need To End The War On Drugs, And By Doing So It Will Help Us Far Greater Here In America. “The Resolution To Do So Has Already Been Tested, And Proven Successfully We Even Have The Records Of It Historically Documented, And The Only Way To Winning This War On Drugs Is To Use Amendment 21 In A New Way Once Again!” “All We Need To Do Is Rewrite Amendment 21 From Repealing Prohibition Of Alcohol To Repealing Prohibition Of All Drugs.” Legalization Is An Option That We Must Do Sooner Rather Than Later If We Wish To End This Childish War On Drugs In This Country To Reform Our Nation Into A Better One!!!!  Work Cited “Drugsense.” Drugsense, Www.Drugsense.Org/Cms/ Hunter, Aina. “Time To Legalize Pot? Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders Weighs In.” Cbs News, Cbs Interactive, 19 Oct. 2010 Blodget, Henry. “All Drugs Should Be Legalized Immediately, Says Harvard Prof.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 6 Oct. 2010 Gahlinger, Paul M. Illegal Drugs: A Complete Guide To Their History, Chemistry, Use And Abuse. New York, Plume, 2004.   The war on drugs was never a war it’s a political hoax America. The war on drugs has to come to an end, and this is why it needs to end. Society is too close to facing first world collapse due to this never ending war against drugs. Politicians making misleading speeches begging America that we need more drug laws to solve all the problems in our economy today, but in reality it won’t solve a thing it’ll only get worse due to our defiant nature. Truth is all this drug war has created for us is grounds for criminals to socially organize from. And we have gained nothing from fighting this childish war on drugs. Legalization is an option that we must consider, if we’re ever to reduce crime in our country. The prisons across America are literally overpopulated with drug addicts, and because of this lawmaker’s debate every year whether to use more tax money for prisons, or rehabilitation facilities.This is our biggest problem America, and over half of our prison imitates are in prison for non-violent drug charges.The war on drugs can only be won through legalization, and a very high number of our American youth, our future is in prisons for nonviolent drug related offenses, and that’s not just a problem for them it’s a problem for us too. Legalization has been successful historically in America, and the proof is from the twentieth century, the prohibition of alcohol. Much like the crimes you see today the meltdown in the 1920s were very much the same to the ones you see today. If government were to use same formula from the 1920’s our war on drug wouldn’t be a war on drugs anymore. By legalizing drugs our nation would save 20 billion dollars every year. Fact is many illegal drugs were made illegal in America because of historical and political events. Legalization is the option that we must put in action if we wish to end this war on drugs in our country.  Work cited “drugsense.” Drugsense, www.drugsense.org/cms/ Hunter, aina. “time to legalize pot? Former surgeon general joycelyn elders weighs in.” Cbs news, cbs interactive, 19 oct. 2010 Blodget, henry. “all drugs should be legalized immediately, says harvard prof.” Business insider, business insider, 6 oct. 2010 Gahlinger, paul m. Illegal drugs: a complete guide to their history, chemistry, use and abuse. New york, plume, 2004.

Brandon Goken
11 supporters
This petition won 12 months ago

Petition to Deborah Leff, President of the United States

President Obama: Commutation for Weldon Angelos - 55 years for marijuana

My brother Weldon Angelos, who was on his way to becoming a successful musician--writing and producing songs with artists such as Snoop Dogg and other acclaimed musicians--has been in federal prison for over 12 years. He faces 43 more years. All because he sold small amounts of marijuana and possessed--only possessed, didn't use--a gun at the same time! Even the judge who sentenced Weldon disagreed with the mandatory sentence of 55 years. The father of two young boys and a daughter, Weldon had never before been in trouble with the law. He was convicted when he was 24 years old of selling small amounts of marijuana to a confidential informant three times. The informant, who was a childhood acquaintance of Weldon, testified that a gun was present (never brandished or used) during two of the pot deals, which were friendly encounters in a store parking lot. When the police officers presented a warrant for Weldon's arrest, he consented to a search of his home, where officers found some marijuana and three guns, one in a locked brief case and the other two in a locked safe. The conservative federal judge Paul Cassell, appointed by President George W. Bush, sentenced Weldon to one day in prison on the marijuana charges. But, to the judge's dismay, he had to sentence Weldon to 55 years in prison because Weldon possessed a gun during a drug offense, which was mandatory under federal law, even though Weldon had never before been convicted of a crime. Judge Cassell called the sentence "cruel, unjust, and even irrational," and "one of those rare cases where the system has malfunctioned." Members of Congress have also publicly decried the injustice of Weldon's sentence, including Senators Rand Paul (R- Ky.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Ut.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.), and over 100 former federal prosecutors and judges joined together to challenge Weldon's outrageous sentence. Judge Cassell highlighted that Weldon's sentence is far longer than the sentences received for "child rape (11 years)," "second-degree murder (14 years)," and even "aircraft hijacking (24 years)." Had Weldon been prosecuted in state court, the judge noted, Weldon would have served about 2 years in prison. In 2004, Judge Cassell called upon the President to commute Weldon's unjust sentence. Since then, Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah, and dozens of prominent celebrities, activists, book authors, legal scholars, business leaders (including Koch Industries), and former elected and appointed government officials have joined Judge Cassell in calling on President Obama to release Weldon from prison. But that hasn't happened yet. After 12 years, Weldon is still in prison. It breaks my heart. My father feared he would die without ever seeing Weldon free from prison. And on January 4, 2015, that's exactly what happen. Our father died without seeing his son free from behind bars. The Constitution provides the President with the power of commutation to reach a humane, merciful, just result. Please help us reach that result by signing and sharing this petition.

Lisa Angelos
262,297 supporters