Petition to The Federal Bureau of Prisons, Mark S. Inch
#PagesOverProfit: Stop the BOP from Restricting Access to Books in Prisons.
People in prison need books, letters, and emails to learn new skills, stay in contact with family, and prepare themselves for reentering society. It’s one of the most key parts of rehabilitation. That's why it's so concerning that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is considering a policy to severely restrict books at federal prisons. The new policy would ban all books sent to prisons from vendors like Amazon or Barnes & Noble, one of the most popular ways that inmates receive books: "Books from a publisher, bookstore, book club, or friends and family will no longer be accepted through the mail.” Incarcerated people would be required to submit electronic requests to staff, specifying the book title, author, edition, and International Standard Book Number. They are charged the retail price plus a 30% markup in addition to shipping costs. Money should not be a prerequisite to read! These restrictions were already put in place in four federal prisons but thankfully, under pressure from families and inquiries from the Washington Post, federal prison officials rescinded memos from those prisons on May 3 and said the policy is now under review. Lets make sure this policy stays reversed and is not implemented system wide. Please sign this petition to the BOP demanding prisoners have access to books. I grew up with my father in federal prison. I became an author, writing about that experience, and I know how important reading and education is not just for people in prison, but for their families. Reading has the power to uplift and empower men, women, and children impacted by mass incarceration and preventing these families from sending books and cards to their loved ones is not just counterproductive, it’s cruel. Why would the BOP take away the most powerful mechanism that can improve the lives of incarcerated persons? A 2013 RAND Corporation study showed that prison education was associated with an over 40% reduction in recidivism. Being able to receive books and other literature while incarcerated tremendously increases the chances of success upon release. Sign this petition to let the BOP know that we need #PagesoverProfit!
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."
Petition to President of the United States
President Trump Please Grant Sentence Commutation
for my Mom Patricia Cooney
My Mom, Patricia Cooney, a first time nonviolent offender originally sentenced to 100 years, has served over 18 years and, after sentence reductions, now has 14 years left to serve. However, unjustly, her two sentences are now running consecutively, NOT CONCURRENTLY! If they were running concurrently and with her being a model inmate she would have been released well over a year ago!! AND, unfortunately, to my horror and sheer disbelief, she was denied sentence commutation by President Obama for no valid reason! To all those who previously signed and shared my petition, thank you so very much. And to those who are seeing this petition for the first time, will you please sign it and share it so that others will support my Mother being granted sentence commutation by President Trump! My Mom is gravely ill and is making the most of her time in spite of overwhelming health-related circumstances. Through the years in prison and without competent medical care and treatment, my Mother's health has continued to decline. My Mother has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, chronic anemia, hyperthyroidism. Most recently, in 2018, she was diagnosed with Lupus, a chronic and deadly disease, and doctors found two spots on her brain which we are in limbo as to what they are at this point? She lives in constant pain because of these diseases. When I visit her she speaks of her symptoms which include sleepless nights, numb hands that swell and change colors, drastic temperature changes, constant pain, irregular balance, tooth loss and dramatic weight loss. These noticeable physical changes terrify us both. President Trump, on behalf of my Mother and thousands of other inmates serving extreme sentences and dealing with major health issues, we need your help. I humbly ask that you give me and thousands of others the opportunity to lessen the burden on the prison system by giving us the privilege and honor to care for those we love, our family members. President Trump, I humbly ask that you grant sentence commutation to my Mom and other ill inmates who have served more than their time. Without your help my Mom and many others will not live to their release dates. PLEASE FREE PATRICIA COONEY, #50662-004.
Petition to MN State Representatives
Support Bill "HF 951"
Petition created by; Isra Hirsi, Zigi Kaiser and Manny Nuñez (Freshmen at South High School in Minneapolis, MN) House Bill HF 951 states "Civil right to vote restored to an individual upon release from incarceration or upon sentencing if no incarceration is imposed, notice required, and county attorney obligation to promptly investigate voter registration and eligibility repealed." The bill will return the right to vote to convicted felons that have completed their sentences and have returned to society. HF 951 did not receive a vote nor a hearing. This bill is critical to criminal justice due to the disproportionate number of people of color being incarcerated. As convicted felons, they have lost their right to vote in perpetuity. The bill will return the right to vote to convicted felons in Minnesota that have completed their sentences and have returned to society. Here are some real facts: In Alabama, a total of 34% of black men (even ones who are not in the criminal system anymore), have lost the right to vote. African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites. In 12 states more than 50% of the prison population is African-American. There are more than 2 million people in prison across America. An estimated 5.3 million Americans are denied the right to vote based on a past felony conviction. 1 in every 10 black men is in prison or jail at any time. The nationwide average shows that 1,408 per 100,000 black people are incarcerated compared to 275 per 100,000 whites Now that the 2018 legislative session is over, we need to bring up this bill and make sure that it passes for next year's session (2019). Please sign this petition to bring attention to this bill, we will be emailing every single new state representative following midterm elections. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Rick Snyder, Michael Eagen
JUSTICE & CLEMENCY FOR NANCY SEAMAN - INCARCERATED FOR DEFENDING HER LIFE!
NANCY SEAMAN ACTED IN SELF-DEFENSE. SHE HAD NO OTHER CHOICE AT THE TIME. HER VERDICT WAS OVERTURNED BY THE STATE COURT IN 2005 AND BY THE FEDERAL COURT IN 2010. SHE HAS THE SUPPORT OF THREE JUDGES! WE URGE YOU TO SET HER FREE. We are petitioning Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to grant clemency for NANCY SEAMAN. She has been in prison since 2004 and is 66-years-old. Nancy killed her abusive husband in self-defense when he attacked her because she was leaving him. Her trial judge, Honorable Jack McDonald, overturned her conviction in 2005 because the jury had insufficient evidence. Federal Honorable Judge Bernard Friedman also overturned the verdict in 2010. You can read their letters to Governor Snyder on the Justice Thru Storytelling, Inc. website at www.jtsadvocates.com. These judges support her clemency. And we do, too! This three-minute video of Former Michigan Department of Corrections Psychologist Nels Thompson (including letters of support from TWO JUDGES) explains why she should be released from prison! Read the attached letter written by Nancy Seaman describing her own journey and advocating for change to Michigan laws.
Petition to Faris Al-Rawi
Legalise cannabis in Trinidad and Tobago
Jail is no place for non-violent offenders who break a law whose very basis was highly immoral and contravenes the Constitutional right to freedom and to enjoyment of one's property, among others. The prisons in Trinidad are already extremely overcrowded and conditions are inhumane. People in Remand Yard have been waiting for years for a trial date. The Dangerous Drugs Act permits possession, use, sale and cultivation of marijuana - all that is required is for the Minister of Health to write the regulations by which licences can be issued. With numerous studies showing that marijuana has therapeutic and medical benefits, and many countries moving towards legalisation or decriminalisation, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago must address the fact that as long as ganja remains illegal, it will always be under the control of criminal gangs because demand continues to grow for marijuana locally, regionally and internationally.
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.
Petition to President Donald J Trump, U.S. Senate, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Chuck Grassley, Van Jones, Micheal Moore, Charles Schumer, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hakeem Jeffries, Doug Collins, jarad kushner, Rand Paul
Clemency for Sterling J McKoy
In June 2004, a jury found Sterling McKoy #19319047, along with his co-defendant, Rashod McKay guilty of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in the federal district court of Nebraska, criminal case No. 8:03CR290. At trial, the federal government presented no controlled buys, surveillance, wiretaps, no credible evidence whatsoever in support of their theory that Sterling nor Rashod McKay was involved in a conspiracy to distribute drugs. They presented only individuals who testified against them in exchange for receiving substantial reductions in their sentencing. All of the cooperating witnesses were in fact, released from prison over a decade ago. All nine of them! Even Rashod was released this year. Furthermore, there were no Federal Agents involved in the investigation of his case. Only Omaha police officers who secured statements from cooperating witnesses, who then turned those statements over to a federal prosecutor. From there, the federal prosecutor had 2 police officers testify in front of a federal grand jury (not of his peers) securing a federal indictment. His charges started out as a State case, but was dismissed so they could use it against Sterling to claim he was involved in a 100 kilogram crack cocaine conspiracy. Did I mention there was absolutely no assets or drugs ever recovered. He was so poor, he had a public defender which only assisted in railroad this kid to years in prison because he refused to take a plead. Officer Gassaway had a personal vendetta against my nephew and fabricated and falsified evidence in his case which was proven by an independent public investigated several years ago. There was several of Officer Gassaway convictions over turned by the courts except Sterling. It’s obvious someone has their finger on the scale in his case in Nebraska. 14 years in long enough for a first time non-violent felony drug offense. It makes no sense what so ever that Rashod was released and he is expected to serve the entire 25 years. He has spent his time educating himself and helping other inmates. He has petition the courts for a release and reduction in his sentencing and all have been denied. He has lost his beloved mother and fragile time with his children and is expected to serve another 9 years. Please help. God hates un-even scales. He deserves to be released now. #freesterlingnow, thank you for your support, God bless you!