prison reform

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Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Jerry Brown

Help Steven Green Earn a Second Chance At Coming Home

My name is Steven Green and I have served almost 26 years of a Life Without the Possibility of Parole sentence for murder and robbery. A few months into being 18, a life was taken, which I am deeply remorseful for and I take full responsibility for my actions. This is something I will live with for the rest of my life. Over the last 25 years I have matured and made many improvements in my life to become a better person before CDC offered rehabilitation. During this transition, I gave up the gang lifestyle/mentality and made education a top priority. I have completed 5 A.A. degrees with Honors as well as an A.S. degree. Furthermore, I am currently earning a B.A. degree through Adams State University. In addition to my educational achievements, I have been involved in many self-help programs. I've received my Victim Advocacy Certificate from ASU and I was part of an ILTAG group that donated over $35,000 to local schools. On top of my previous accomplishments I am currently the Executive Consultant to The Explorer, a prison based newsletter. I also facilitate and attend multiple groups such as Alternatives to Violence, Criminal Gang Members Anonymous, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Healing Dialogue & Action, The Actor’s Gang, Lifers Group, etc. Since becoming incarcerated I have maintained family support and become a man of God. I am a husband and father that plays an active role in my daughters’ lives. My wife and I both encourage them to excel in school and maintain good grades. I need to be in their lives as much as they need me in theirs. As their father, I want to cheer them on at their sports games, attend school functions, watch them graduate high school, and be a positive male role model for them. Please allow me to show that I am no longer the 18 year old gang member I used to be but instead a 44 year old man who has gained insight, remorse, and responsibility. I have a family to come home to, employment waiting, and the support of my family and friends. If given the opportunity, I believe the Governor and the Parole Board will see how I’ve turned my life around to become the man I am today. I am Steven Green, a husband and father that needs to make my family whole and be active and engaged in my family's everyday life. Thank you for taking the time to listen to my story and showing your support!

Sutina Green
2,702 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Pass the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act.

I was sentenced 78 months to serve at a federal prison for a white-collar crime. I left home a healthy single mother of two sons, not ever experiencing any serious illnesses. I was a registered nurse who had achieved 3 secondary degrees. I was homeowner and a successful business entrepreneur. I was also six weeks pregnant. Anytime I was transported, I was chained at my ankles with another chain around my waist that bound my hands in front of my belly.   While shackled, forced to step up into a van, I fell. A couple days later I begin spotting with streaks of blood, which I reported immediately to the medical staff. They instantly informed me they had “no” means of caring for me and would need approval from the US Marshals to take me to the ER. The turnaround time for approval ended up being 4 weeks. At that point, it was no longer an “emergency,” so I was turned away from the ER — I then required a second approval for an obstetrician, which took 4 more weeks. A total of four requests were made, each taking 4 weeks, while I was placed in solitary confinement for “medical observation." I ended up miscarrying at approximately 20 weeks without any formal or proper prenatal care. While I was miscarrying, I lay wet in a pool of blood, curled up from excruciating pain, in complete darkness, locked in a cell until an officer made rounds. I suffered the entire miscarriage shackled to the bed. When asked, the officers told the nurse and myself that the linen which contained my unborn child had been thrown in the trash. I had no privacy. Male officers were at my bedside 24hrs observing my nakedness and any treatment given to me. I received no counseling, nor had any opportunity to grieve my miscarriage. I was relocated to another facility where again, I was placed in solitary confinement for a month. Solitary is being locked in a 6’ by 9’ room with a bed, toilet, sink, and no window for 23 hours a day. For women in prison, stories like mine are a lot more common than you would think. Women are the largest growing prison population. Our federal and private prisons are not equipped to give women the medical care they need, especially when pregnant. We need to ban the shackling and solitary confinement of pregnant women in prison. The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, a bill currently being considered in Congress, would stop those things. The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, will help mothers keep strong relationships with their children by providing parenting classes, prohibit charging for phone calls, and make video-conferencing available free of charge. It will even create an overnight visit pilot program for children and parents.Please sign my petition asking Congress to pass the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act. Thank you,Pamela Winn

Pamela Winn
124,681 supporters