Petition to Charlie Baker, Governor, Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Charlie Baker, Governor
End "Life Sentences Without Parole For First-Time Offenders" of a Fatal Crime
We understand the United States has the largest rates of incarcerations in the world and that a Bill was recently passed for Prison Reform. It is also apparent that the prisons nationwide, are filled with Individuals who are incarcerated due to wrongful convictions, Substance Abuse related crimes, Mental Illnesses and first-time offenses of non-violent crimes.Our request is that you add another consideration to your goals to decrease the incarcerated population and that is to review and consider the first-time offenders of a fatal crime. Individuals who committed their first, but fatal offense before the age of twenty-five, have served twenty years or more in prison, and have matured, repented, and who have a post release plan set up prior to release. Also to consider the prisoners who are now severely ill and those who are now elderly. Many individuals serving a life without the possibility of parole for a first-time fatal offense, are individuals in most cases, who were unable to comprehend the serious of their actions leading up to a crime, or who may have had emotional breakdowns, which should, but are not always categorized as mental illness. Many of these same individuals, were victims themselves as children or adolescents of severe abuses. There are many reasons why they may have offended, although prisoner stereotypes should not exist, as there is an enormous difference in every situation involving a fatality. Life without the possibility of parole is no different than a Death Sentence. Most individuals of first-time fatal offenses were not violent, prior to their first time offense and have not been violent throughout their time in prison. Many were previously college students, well established, gainfully employed, and many are educated and productive human beings who would never offend again with the proper Long-term rehabilitative treatments outside a prison setting. The Government and many others in America, have stereotyped prisoners of fatal crimes. They have given first-time offenders of a fatal crime the same sentences given to serial killers and habitual offenders of serious crimes. It is not a fair process. Nor is it something that has been justified. Therefore, we ask that First-Time Offenders of a Fatal Crime, be given a fair opportunity to be re-evaluated and reconsidered for sentence reductions allowing them to receive less expensive and more appropriate treatment in a long-term transitional residential facility outside the prison setting and to someday also be free, while saving the Government and the Tax Payers enormous amounts of money.
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 Stop Prison Labor
Stop Prison Labor
Prison labor is a new age form of slavery. Prisoners are making an average of less than one dollar and hour and sometimes as low as 16 cents. Sign this petition to demand prisoners are treated as human beings and given a better wage and better work treatment.
Petition to Jeff Sessions, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
Closing Federal Prison Camps Will Save Taxpayers over $1 Billion
Federal prison camps are considered "out-custody" facilities without fences or walls and we questions the wisdom of the federal government wasting billions of tax dollars of welfare-style appropriations for non-violent able-bodied men and women at federal prison camps when home confinement with an ankle monitor can accomplish the same security and punitive objectives without the enormous financial and social costs. A March 2016 Inspector General report, shows the BOP spent 1.1 billion dollars on healthcare costs in 2014 as part of a $6.8 billion-dollar annual budget. Billions of dollars pour into halfway house coffers to house offenders leaving prison who actually have homes to go to or law abiding, responsible family members who agree to provide housing and support AT NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER. Stop wasting our tax dollars! View full story at: Why Prison Camps are a Waste of Tax Dollars
Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, CNN, Associated Press, CBS, NBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, ABC, MSNBC, Washington Post, LA Times
Stop Calling Immigrant Prisons "Detention Centers"
My name is Sylvester Owino, and I was in “immigrant detention” for 9 years. My name is Carlos Hidalgo, and for a year and half I was incarcerated in “immigrant detention centers.” That is what the media, government, and for-profit prison companies who run these facilities call them, but in reality, these are immigrant prisons. People in immigrant prisons are not serving a sentence, but simply awaiting the outcome of our request to stay in the US. Those of us who have lived behind the locked gates and barbed wire know that the term “detention center” does not accurately describe the conditions and truth of what happens on the inside. We, who have survived these brutal places, are requesting that media organizations - The Associated Press, The New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post, and other influential media outlets, call these facilities what they are: immigrant prisons. Until we are honest about the fact that these are prisons, the inhumane conditions inside will continue to be covered up by the term “detention center,” and the corporations running the facilities will continue to make millions off of the suffering of the people inside. If these are harmless “detention centers” … Why do they look like prisons, why are they run like prisons, and why are they owned by prison companies? We were incarcerated in facilities run by the two largest for-profit prison companies in the country. Carlos was in GEO Group’s Adelanto immigrant prison, and Sylvester in CCA’s Otay immigrant prison in San Diego, among other facilities. We both experienced countless human rights abuses. We worked for the for-profit prisons for $1 a day, cleaning and cooking. Carlos was put in solitary confinement for 6 days for organizing a hunger strike to protest inhumane treatment. Sylvester filed complaints on behalf of friends who were beaten by guards. In Adelanto immigrant prison, 3 people have died in the last 7 months, and 6 people have attempted suicide since December 2016. Dozens of us have gone on hunger strikes to try and change things. In order to end the abuse, we must first call them prisons and then close them. Starting with Adelanto. Sylvester & Carlos Supported by: o Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, IEIYC o Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, ICIJ o Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement, CIVIC
Petition to Pennsylvania State House, Jason Dawkins
PLEASE SIGN AND SUPPORT (HB135) INTRODUCED BY PENNSYLVANIA STATE REP. JASON DAWKINS!
PLEASE SUPPORT HB135- Introduced by Pennsylvania House of Representative, Jason Dawkins. Below, State Rep. Dawkins explains what passing HB135 would do for the rehabilitated inmate serving life, as well as our community as taxpayers..... HARRISBURG, PA. June 7 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., introduced legislation 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." ***Please share with your friends and family! We need all the support, help, and love we can get! This Bill ( HB135), if passed, Will bring GEORGE TRUDEL, INMATE # AS-2262, currently serving his 29th year of a Life without Parole sentence at SCI GRATERFORD, home to his family. And will help other incarcerated inmates serving a life sentence, who have proven they are completely rehabilitated and deserve to re-enter society, come home to their families. Thank you very much!*** ****PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW AND SIGN GEORGE TRUDEL'S ORIGINAL PETITION FOR CLEMENCY, SENATOR DAYLIN LEACH'S SENATE BILL SB 293, AND THE LIFERS INC. PETITION CONCERNING COMMUTATION, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO....THANK YOU!!**** https://www.change.org/p/29-years-is-long-enough-bring-him-home-to-his-family-please-governor-tom-wolf-grant-clemency-for-george-trudel?recruiter=429323154&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition https://www.change.org/p/pennsylvania-state-senate-support-pennsylvania-senator-daylin-leach-sign-senate-bill-293-sb293-now?recruiter=429323154&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=116934 https://www.change.org/p/tom-wolf-expand-the-commutation-system-in-pennsylvania?recruiter=429323154&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition
Petition to Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania State Senate, Pennsylvania State House, Pat Toomey, Robert Casey
Support Legislation Of The Aging Out Resolution Proposed By The Gray Panthers Organization
GRATERFORD GRAY PANTHERS ORGANIZATION- SERVICE OVER SELF WE ARE PROPOSING LEGISLATION FOR LAWMAKERS WHO WANT TO ASSIST IN THE RELEASE OF AGED INMATES IN PRISON Please Help Us By Supporting, Signing, and Sharing this Petition to Your Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Co-Workers Utilize the " Resistbot Text App" by texting the word " Resist" to 50409 on your cell phone. Text your message to the Governor, Senators, Congress, and the House of Representatives. Let them know you support the proposed Aging Out Resolution Program of The Graterford Gray Panthers Organization. Release deserving inmates that are 50 years or older and have served 25 years or more in prison. Let these deserving inmates be considered for placement in an Ankle Bracelet monitoring pilot program. Bring them home to their families and be supervised, instead of languishing in prison for decades. History Of The Gray Panthers Organization: In late August of 1970, a concerned senior citizen by the name of Maggie Kuhn convened a meeting in Philadelphia with a group of five friends to discuss issues relative to older people. From this group came the foundation of today's Gray Panthers Organization Nationally. Maggie Kuhn stated: " Aging is the flowering of life, a triumph of the spirit, not a disease." Ten years later Maggie Kuhn visited Graterford prison at the request of a group of older citizens incarcerated there. A Graterford Chapter of Gray Panthers was established and received their charter, from the inspiration and dedication of Maggie Kuhn. For 37 years, this has become the soul and pride of the Gray Panthers Graterford Chapter as a local grassroots approach for change. Who We Are: The Graterford Chapter of Gray Panthers consists of a 900 member-strong roster. We have a great deal of spirit to mentoring our younger generation, who are in many ways walking the same pathway we once traveled. It is for that reason ( that vital reason) that our wisdom and compassion gets passed on. We represent 10,000 Seniors Strong Throughout The Department of Corrections. Our Mission: The Graterford Gray Panthers’ mission is to acknowledge what are the needs of incarcerated seniors and ex-offenders and to address them in the State of Pennsylvania. We provide advocacy, re-entry resources and assistance. Our goals are to create and secure an Aging Out Resolution release system for elderly prisoners, both men & women in Pennsylvania. We share a common interest in the rehabilitative endeavors our young adults face while inside of prison and when they are released back into the community. To propose legislation for lawmakers who want to assist in the release of aged prisoners. We are working to develop a continued collaboration with the elder women in Muncy & Cambridge Springs, which is implemented in our drive toward servicing our communities and all seniors.
Petition to NEW YORK STATE PAROLE BOARD
Dismiss Nathan McDermott's accusations for Massachusetts parole violations
We understand that persons convicted of a sexual offense are held to a very high standard when they are paroled back into the community. Nathan McDermott has lived up to that very high standard since his release from prison nearly 3 years ago. He is deep into the process of rehabilitation, has enrolled in mandated and elective therapies and has rebuilt his life. He is gainfully employed and supported by his co-workers. He is a powerful success story. It would be tremendously disheartening to our community to see him pushed backwards to undergo the severe and dangerous punishment of re-incarceration for what constitutes a misunderstanding. As a petitioner, I am fully aware of his underlying offense and alleged parole violations. I urge you to re-parole Nathan McDermott.