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prison reform

71 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to United States Eastern District Court, United States District Court, United States Supreme Court, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Honorable Judge Robert Cleland

Approve Felix Walls's compassionate release from prison

My father, Felix Walls, is a federal prison inmate serving life on drug conspiracy charges. I’m not proud of some of his life choices. I make no excuses for his actions and neither does he. But he has now served 24 years with good behavior and his health is failing. My family is seeking compassionate release on his behalf. His prosecutor, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Probation Office have all approved his release plans but a judge must sign off for him to spend his last days at home. He is now 75 years old. He suffers from Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and arthritis. His Parkinson’s condition has advanced to the point where his ability to function in a correctional facility is greatly diminished. My father has met all the criteria for compassionate release. Compassionate release is a program in which inmates may be eligible for early release due to “particularly extraordinary or compelling circumstances which could not reasonably have been foreseen by the court at the time of sentencing”. Our dad is not a danger to his community or himself. He was involved in drug trafficking in the 1970’s and 1980’s and convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine in and one count of conspiracy to launder money. We’re simply waiting for Judge Robert Cleland of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to approve our Dad’s compassionate release petition. The petition has languished in the court for almost half a year – with no explanation for the delay. Time is running out for our father. Please sign and share this petition calling on the Eastern District Court of Michigan to grant final approval for our father’s compassionate release –before it’s too late.

Phyllis Bell
86,602 supporters
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to The Governor of Virginia, Honorable Governor McAuliffe

Lenny Singleton - 2 Life Sentences + 100 yrs for stealing $550 & no one was injured

To Whom It May Concern:            My name is MSgt Lionel A. Maybin, and I am a retired disabled veteran.  I served with honor in the United States Air Force for the past 23 years defending our nation and its constitutional principles of equality and justice for all.  I am writing you today in an attempt to right a serious injustice that has occurred.           While serving in Hawaii I volunteered my Friday evenings to work with incarcerated individuals that had experience with drug addiction, in particular experience with crack cocaine.  From working with these individuals, I began to understand the extent of my brother's addiction and the challenges an addict faces.  I now realize how hard it must have been for my brother trying to overcome his addiction, especially without any guidance from his older brother or other family members.  I wish with all my heart that I had been there for him to help guide him and give him support in the choices he was making.            My brother Leonard Lenon Singleton is currently incarcerated in Nottoway Correctional Center in Burkeville, Virginia for committing 8 robberies in 7 days while under the influence of alcohol and crack cocaine.  He stole less than $550.  It was his first felony offense and none of his crimes were committed with a gun nor was anyone murdered or even injured during any of the incidents. There are no victim impact statements made against my brother.  For 6 of these robberies, he received 2 Life Sentences plus 100 years.  He has currently served 20 years and is scheduled to die in prison.  Judge Rutherford did not provide the court, our family, or Lenny an explanation as to why he sentenced my brother so severely.  We were devastated that day in the courtroom, and can only think that the Lord has a plan.             While incarcerated, my brother Lenny has become a leader and a role model.  Prior to incarceration he had earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and after graduation, once again tried to follow in his big brother’s footsteps by joining the Navy where he served 2 years.  He is not your typical prisoner.  And he is not a habitual criminal. Currently, he works at Virginia Correctional Enterprises in a position of authority and has resided in the Honor’s Dormitory for the majority of his incarceration.  He has played many leadership roles through the church and is looked upon with respect by the other inmates and by the security staff.  Now clean from the drugs that had taken over his spirit, he has returned to being an upright individual and the brother I love – always smiling, always ready to help, always ready to learn something new.  He needs to be given a second chance.            The severity of his sentence serves as a poignant reminder that our justice system still does not live up to the principles that our country was founded upon and the principles that I fought to protect during my time in the Air Force.  Lenny is currently serving more time than many repeat violent offenders, rapists, child molesters and murderers he is incarcerated with.  It’s time for my brother Lenny to come home.  Towards that end, I have created a Facebook page, a website, and have incorporated a committee to bring public awareness to Lenny’s situation and the statement it makes about our criminal justice system and the need for prison reform.             Please visit www.Justice4Lenny.org to read Lenny’s story in his own words and to find out more information.  We are asking today that you take a look at his situation and help us bring it to light to the Virginia Parole Board and the Governor’s Office or any other individuals or organizations that might help him gain his freedom.  Please email me at justice4lenny@gmail.com if you would like additional information or have something to share.   God Bless You All,

Lenny Singleton
2,126 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
47,240 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to California Victim Compensation Board

Help An Exoneree Get The Compensation He Deserves!

SIGN THIS PETITION TODAY to Help Exoneree Rafael Madrigal Get The Compensation He Deserves! Rafael was convicted for a crime he did not commit and spent nine years in prison as an innocent man. With the help of the California Innocence Project, he was exonerated in 2009. The U.S District Court reversed his conviction after reviewing compelling evidence of his innocence such as Rafael’s timecard and his boss’s testimony showing he was at work, and the true perpetrator’s confession of the crime. For the past decade, we have been working tirelessly to help Rafael get back on his feet. The harm to exonerees from wrongful conviction and incarceration is impossible to quantify: years spent in prison, loss of family, death of relatives, lost educational and career opportunities, and loss of health are just a few. Much of this harm can never be repaired, but state compensation is a vital step in acknowledging and remedying the wrong the state committed and gives exonerees support for rebuilding their lives after their release from prison.  Rafael had a house, a good job, and two kids he coached in soccer. In prison, he lost the opportunity to raise his children, to see his daughter Kimberly’s birth, and to say goodbye to his father, all because he was behind bars for something he did not do. Unfortunately, our claims have been repeatedly denied by the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB), which is the ruling body which oversees claims against the State. On Thursday, January 18, 2018, we are presenting Rafael’s compensation claim to CalVCB in a final attempt to get Rafael the compensation he needs to begin repairing his life. This is our last chance.  WE NEED YOUR HELP AT THIS CRUCIAL JUNCTURE. Please sign this petition to show your support for Rafael and to encourage CalVCB to do what is right: support Rafael’s claim for the compensation owed to him! Hold CalVCB accountable!    Learn more about Rafael’s story here: https://californiainnocenceproject.org/read-their-stories/rafael-madrigal/                  

Ching-Yun Li
1,267 supporters