Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, President Donald Trump, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner
Clemency for Charles "Duke" Tanner
I was arrested in 2004 for the first time in my life. I had a promising 19-0 boxing career, a two-year-old son and a family. But I used very poor judgment and broke the law by getting involved with drugs. I was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and given two life sentences. I realize now that taking the short cut was bogus and detrimental. I have been accountable and taken responsibility for my actions that sent me to prison. I have been incarcerated now for almost 15 years, and have 12 years of incarceration remaining. I have paid a hefty price. Eleven years of my life have been spent in a Maximum Security Prison and during that time I have lost my mother, my father, and my oldest brother. All these years, I have not had any disciplinary problems and even the mayor of my hometown, a former Indiana Attorney General, wrote a letter to President Trump asking him to commute my sentence. In 2016, my life sentence was shortened to 30 years thanks to sentencing reform. For the first time in 12 years, I woke up with a release date, and knew I was on the right track. My good behavior allowed me to transfer to a Low Security prison and I made it a goal to take every program available to me, completing over 1160 hours to date. I have completed the 'Life Connections' program, an intensive faith-based course that requires rigorous personal and moral accountability and I am working on initiatives to develop new options for inmates to learn skills that foster hope and help with re-entry. My plans are to live in Indiana to be close to my son and my significant other. I have numerous employment opportunities pending my release. I am extremely passionate about mentoring youth as I have consistently and effectively done with inmates during my incarceration. My goal is to pick up where my life was cut short and make a substantial positive contribution to society, including training young boxers while I'm still young enough to lace up my gloves. God had a plan for me. I had to go through this ordeal to be the man I am today. I am now a new improved version of myself and I yearn to return to society a productive, morally, ethically, and spiritually intact man. I humbly pray President Trump will agree that I deserve a second chance in the form of Executive Clemency. I will make him very proud if he chooses to favor me with his mercy. Please sign my petition asking President Trump to give me a second chance.Read more about Duke, articles about his boxing career and clemency.
Petition to Gavin Newsom
Free David Diaz: An innocent man who has served 20 years in prison.
David Diaz is currently in prison serving a 37 year-to-life sentence for a shooting that happened in 1998 in Los Angeles county. The victim of this shooting has stated that David is innocent and not the person who shot him and the key witness has confessed to "randomly" accusing David under police pressure. David was just 19 years old when an LAPD squad forced their way into his home and arrested him for attempted murder. In court, the police and prosecutor alleged that David approached a man named Remberto Preciado, asked him what street gang he belonged to, and shot him in the leg. At the time the shooting happened, David was at the movies with his girlfriend and family. He could not have committed this crime. But the jury was persuaded by the prosecutor's case and ultimately convicted David, resulting in his current life sentence. David is now 39-years-old and has been in prison for 20 years. To date, three key witnesses in the case and the shooting victim, have all declared that David is innocent and that they only selected David because they were pressured by police to do so. Despite evidence of his innocence, David remains in prison with his sentence. He won’t be released until he is 57 years old, in 2035. California Governor Jerry Brown must step in to right this wrong. He has power and authority to release David through the commutation process. David has not sat idle in prison all these years. He has completed numerous programs and correspondence courses including paralegal studies and bible studies. He is currently undergoing college classes to obtain his Associates Degree and is enrolled in a business entrepreneur class. He has held many prison jobs and is a peer mentor helping other prisoners with behavioral intervention, anger management,family relations, and life skills. I have known David since 1996. So many people want David free — including the victim, Remberto — and we feel David's case is a perfect candidate for clemency. In 2015, we requested a commutation from Governor Brown based on David's innocence and the unusual length of sentence he received on gun enhancements (28 years-to-life), but to date, no action or response has been given. Please sign this petition to correct the injustice that occurred with David. We thank you for your support.
Petition to Texas State House, Senfronia Thompson
"TIME CREDIT" earned for offenders in Prison..Time for a change in Parole Reform
This letter is regarding a bill that was introduced in the 85th Legislature, on February 20, 2017, formerly known as HB2120. On March 23, 2017, it was left pending in the committee, at 25% progression. The committee being the “House Corrections Committee”. The legislature is now in recess which means that the bill will need to be reintroduced in order to be heard again. It’s pretty much dead in the Corrections Committee. This bill is regarding offenders who are made to suffer to serve the mandatory requirements of half off their sentences regardless if they accrue *GOODTIME. This bill would also include NO major cases. There are husbands, wives, and children with no expectations for early release who were incarcerated for mild mistakes, paying hard core consequences. It leaves offenders with nothing to work towards or look forward to. But, some have learned their life lessons and should be rewarded for their good behavior. Imagine the person you love most gets into a brawl then is mistakenly placed for an aggravated case for up to 30 years. That means your dear darling son WILL HAVE to serve a MANDATORY sentence of at least half (15 years) of his sentence before he is even considered for parole. That’s a mighty long time for just a brawl at the mall. Some offenders should have the same consideration as most offenders when it comes to being considered for parole release. This will give those offenders who have worked steady jobs, enrolled in educational classes, graduated from the GRAD Program, found God and have been actively involved in the Faith-based programs and trying to help other offenders turn their life around too, and the opportunity to come up for parole after serving 1/4th of their sentence.. These acts of rehabilitation should not be discarded as if they don’t matter! Those that have changed behavior, lives matter because they actually want a better life for themselves when they parole. They want to be better role models for their children and grandchildren, and better spouses upon their release to come home. They work very hard to be better people coming out of prison than who they were going into prison and they deserve the opportunity to have their accrued goodtime considered as a means for early release just like any other offender. It encourages good conduct, a changed lifestyle and hopes for the future. Getting this bill passed does not guarantee the release for an offender. That needs to be made clear to those who think all offenders will be released all at once. That is NOT how this bill was written! Offenders will still have to be reviewed by the parole board. They will decide who they believe to have changed behavior because not everyone deserves an early release. This bill does not include capital murder or sexual assault offenses. NOTE: This bill was not written to release inmates. It's written to simply allowing them to accrue GOODTIME.Reading this, you may have and/or had, a loved one incarcerated. If so, Then you understand the importance for them to be considered for their GOODTIME. If you haven’t, then you don’t know what it feels like to miss them at this great expense and you're lucky to have the opportunity to greet, hug, and kiss your loved one every day, as we do not, which is the reasoning for this petition. Whether you are in agreeance with this letter or not, please sign the petition attached to this letter with your comments concerning why or why not.If you agree and support this petition, please help me get the message out by sharing this to your social media sites like FB, twitter, & instagram because sharing will get the many supporters we need to get this bill passed! Thanks for your support!*HB2120- A bill relating to good conduct time earned by certain inmates and the consideration of release on parole for those inmates.*GOODTIME-Time deducted from an inmate's sentence for good behavior while in prison.
Petition to Gavin Newsom, Donald J. Trump, Maxine Waters
FREE BARRY DENTON. 1st termer on his 18th year of a 30 year sentence for robbery (unarmed)
Barry Denton (P96760), has been incarcerated within the California Department Of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 18 years and counting. Case# NA-044436 Location: Long Beach, California, in the County Of Los Angeles. Long Beach Superior Court. Judge Arthur Jean Jr. Barry is a first termer who was struck out under the California Three Strikes Law, in where his juvenile case was used to complete the three strike process. Barry was born in Lynwood California to two loving parents, George and Elaine Denton, and grew up in Long Beach, California. Under the optismistic eyes of his parents, who support his cause for freedom, Barry exemplified the hopes and dreams shared by his parents who strived to create a world where a son doesn't succumb to the streets. But, oftentimes the surrounding culture latches on to the youth and the strong gravitational pull by which many find themselves binded is no match for parents who run short of remedies. Barry's days as a minor speaks to this hope and his momentary shift into crime was not in accordance with his character, but nonetheless, became a situation that ended in him being arrested. In spite of the setbacks, Barry, graduated from Wilson High School in Long Beach, California (1997), was employed and attending college at the time of third arrest, which lead to his current position inside of the California Department Of Corrections and Rehabilitation, while playing a pivotal role within his family structure. Barry, was arrested and convicted for a robbery P.C. 212.5 when he was 20 years of age. And no, this is not a plot to garner leniency due to his age, but we all feel that society recognizes that the time should fit the crime, and that we make a cast amount of mistakes as youths. Barry has exceeded the ascribed time allocated for the crime of robbery 5 times over when you consider Barry's sentence: 25+5-to-life under the Three Strikes Law. He is now 39 years old and, as he expresses, a stark contrast of who he once was in his younger days when he was trying to discover his place in society. A gun was not used in the commission of the crime and no one was hurt or touched. Ordinarily, a crime of this nature would warrant less than 5 years, and oftentimes probation but this is not the case. We want to bring Barry home and we all agree that he deserves a second chance at a life he never had, especially considering his accomplishments inside of prison. Barry, is apart of https://www.change.org/p/jerry-brown-free-the-3-000-nonviolent-inmates-still-imprisoned-under-three-strikes-in-california that is gaining momentum to free three strikers through a petition to the Governor of California. And, https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_57,_Parole_for_Non-Violent_Criminals_and_Juvenile_Court_Trial_Requirements_(2016) helped Barry by reducing his sentence (Prop. 57 deducted 3 years). But, it still leaves him with more time to do for an unarmed robbery after 18 years. It is time for Barry Denton to have that second chance at life. Let's band together and promote this petition and inspire the Governor of California to free Barry from this egregious sentence with a Sentence Commutation or Executive Clemency in the interest of justice. He has become an advocate for peace inside of prison, becoming the Chairman of the Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) https://avpcalifornia.org facilitator, while acquiring the necessary skills in his college studies, various self-help groups like GOGI (Getting Out By Going In) Leadership Program https://gettingoutbygoingin.org and http://www.freedomwithinproject.org and Vocational Welding that equips him with the tools to be productive in society. The beginning years of his incarceration was rocky and confusing to say the least. But as he declares, Barry has figured out how to be the facilitator of his own destiny, avoiding the pitfalls of prison, while exercising non-violent methods for over a decade. Words from Barry: Since my incarceration I have experienced numerous struggles and triumphs. I have undergone an evolution that equates to a transformation of a notable kind where I recognize the power in redemption, and along with God's grace, I have survived the many pitfalls that have defeated so many. Prison is a place of defeat and shattered dreams that leaves the soul yearning for the unreachable. Many trapped behind the walls fail to see the motivating force that causes the spirit, the mind, and heart to seek something contrary to the historical plight that lands us in the cages of consequence. But, there are some who get into the operation of change and become apart of the solution. When I began to operate on myself, healing and patching up old wounds and emotional lacerations that ran deep, I begin to realize where I went wrong. There was nothing and no one to blame but myself. I evolved to a moment where standing tall in accountability was, and is, a spiritual requirement. This moment gave me the power and awareness to understand that i am more than my environment. I am more than the street culture that has ruined so many lives. I am more than just a number to be counted and analyzed for statistical fodder inside of prisons. I am an element of change where I can be a gift to set the course of dysfunction along a path of correction. This is my purpose. One of service to society and also to myself. We have a social and moral obligation to make the world livable, loveable, and consciously unique. It is the price we pay for existing where others have perished. It is the road we pave for forthcoming generations who deserve something better than the hardships that have hardened the hearts of so many. This is what I am striving to do. On the inside I am in the trenches striving to change the culture of prison one handshake at a time. I want to see a world where lockup fails to be the first option and those who are confused, I want to be the light that shows them the option. I feel i am ready to be apart of the greater society and I want to add value to the process of world building and I am only asking for my moment. I am a son to unwavering parents who have remained in this fight, I am a Husband to a wonderful wife who believes in me and has recognized my change, and a child of God. My faith has carried me through the storm and it is the power of God that guides my steps into a knew and more promising future. I am a champion of changing this notion that prison is the dumpsite of America and I work to ensure that a better world can exist within the electric fence so that the beauty in redemption spills out into society—creating a better world that ensures an eternal peace for it's citizens. I want to step into the next phase of righting my wrongs and speaking power into the voiceless, while providing this world with a positive example in the face of the nameless. This is the accumulation of justice and us uniting as a people to recognize that Change is possible if we are to believe in the civic and social obligations of our democracy. Please sign the petition and give life a chance. Let's forge an undying pulse beating within the hearts of humanity and allow freedom to persist in the face of harsh sentencing laws. Be proactive. Let Governor Brown know that there lies a people on the inside of prison walls who have the power and potential to be elements of the answer .
Petition to Kelly Thomasson, Jennjfer Crown, Justin Fairfax
U.S. military veteran with mental health history seeking 2nd chance at freedom.
I'm posting this petition for my son, MarQui Clardy, Sr. I’ll start with some background information on MarQui's character and the circumstances that led to his present situation. MarQui is a 33 year old father of four. On September 24, 2001, two weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he joined the United States Navy. He served as an Information Systems Technician while also attending ECPI University and serving as a Ship's Self-Defense Force (SSDF) team leader where he received intensive weapons, combat, and antiterrorism training. He was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2003 for Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Two weeks prior to being discharged in 2005, MarQui was referred to a psychiatrist (due to some behavioral deviations, hallucinations, and a suicidal preoccupation) where he was diagnosed with "Adjustment Disorder." The psychiatrist noted that MarQui had a "major impairment in [his] thinking and judgement, manifested by inflexible thinking." Despite this clinical assessment, MarQui wasn't given any treatment, counseling, medications, or even a follow-up appointment, nor was he made aware of the diagnosis. He was simply released from service and left to transition back into civilian life on his own. In 2006, MarQui enrolled at Old Dominion University to study computer science. This is where his financial troubles began. After his car was totaled in a flash flood, he lost his job due to a lack of transportation. He was able to find a succession of other lower paying jobs, but lost each of them for the same reason. As a result, he defaulted on his tuition payments, so his school registration was placed on hold. He also defaulted on his rent, and was notified by his landlord that he was being evicted from his apartment. Being jobless, carless, moneyless, facing imminent homelessness (without even the ability to improve his circumstances by finishing his college degree), and not able to financially support himself or his children caused an unfathomable amount of stress that likely triggered MarQui's Adjustment Disorder, and he made the ill decision to commit three robberies to get some money. In 2008, he was arrested and tried in court. Since the military had never notified MarQui of his mental health diagnosis, this information was never presented for the judge's consideration (even though MarQui's condition undoubtedly played a MAJOR factor in his decision to aberrantly break the law). MarQui was convicted on all charges; although he has a good background, NO prior criminal history, and absolutely NO physical violence had occurred in either offense, the judge sentenced him to 33 years in prison. MarQui just learned about his mental health diagnosis in 2014, six years AFTER being incarcerated. He has taken full responsibility for his actions, however, we must also recognize the military's role in discharging him back into society while neglecting to treat the mental health condition with which THEY diagnosed him! There's no limit to the behavioral effects that "impaired thinking and judgement" can have on those afflicted, especially if it's left untreated. Even the Department of Defense acknowledges that untreated mental health conditions among veterans pose a greater safety threat than those which are being treated. In MarQui's case, his impairment went untreated for THREE ENTIRE YEARS, leading up to him making the poor decision to break the law. His background shows that he clearly was not a criminally-inclined person. Had the military treated his condition before discharging him, or even afterward at one of the V.A. medical centers, it’s very likely that MarQui would have exercised better judgement and not commited those robberies. Because of the post-conviction discovery of MarQui's mental health diagnosis, as well as the positive strides he's made throughout his incarceration- which include earning college credits by completing classes at Washington and Lee University, completing classes through Emmaus Correspondence School and Life's Key Ministries, enrolling in all of the requisite DOC rehabilitative programs, remaining free of institutional infractions, maintaining employment as a GED tutor (among other jobs), remaining an active member of "incarcerated veterans" groups throughout DOC, being consistently rated as a "very low risk of recidivism" by DOC's COMPAS assessment, writing two novels (one of which has been published), several articles for Hamilton College, The Marshall Project, and Cell Door Magazine, and a social justice / criminal justice book he's currently working on - Redemptive Life Foundation has filed a clemency petition on his behalf, asking Governor Northam to commute his prison sentence and allow him to be released. MarQui has gained ample support from family, friends, former coworkers, college coeds and class instructors, military veterans organizations, and religious groups. But we're seeking even more support to ensure that he gets the chance he has worked hard for. After ten years in prison, JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED! MarQui broke the law, however, given the fact that he was suffering from an unknown (by him) and untreated mental illness, his harsh 33 year sentence is unfair and unjust. It is also a slap in the face to all those who have served our country's military that were left physically and/or mentally impaired. He has also shown throughout his incarceration what type of person he truly is, and why he should be granted a second chance at his freedom. Please sign this petition to help us get him that chance. Thank you!
Petition to Kentucky Parole Board
From Death row to Parole?
My sister Barbel Poore, was murdered on January 7,1981..after being subjected to hours of sexual torture, by Kevin Stanford and two accompliances. Barbel was a 20 year old single mother, working to support her child. She was closing the gas station that she worked at, upon going outside to read the gas pump numbers, Kevin Stanford and David Buchanon quickly closed in on her, while Troy Johnson remained in his car as lookout. She was forced back inside at gunpoint..where immediately the attacks upon her began, after approximately 2 hours she was than abducted, driven just blocks a way, there she was shot point blank in her beautiful face, the second shot to the back of her head ended her life. Kevin Stanford, the ringleader was sentenced to the death penalty in 1982. In 2003 than, Governor Paul Patton commuted his sentence to life without parole, citing his age as his reason. Stanford was 17 at the time of the crime., even though more than 100 courts had affirmed the sentence including the U.S. Supreme Court in 1989 (Stanford v. Kentucky) Governor Patton did this, while he himself was involved in a huge sex scandal that shocked the citizens of the Commonwealth of Ky. Now years later the U. S. Supreme Court rules, if you were under 18 you can not receive life without parole. So Stanford now plans to apply for resentencing, or to go straight to the parole board. This will be beyond a misjustice , it will be a danger for the family of Barbel Poore, it will be a danger for the community. Contrary to what newspaper articles have wrote, Stanford has never shown remorse, actually the opposite, bragging and boasting of what he did to my sister. He has not been an ideal prisoner, 22 infractions on death row alone, most all of a sexual nature, including forced sodomy. Since joining the general population , he has proven to go after the weak, again forcible sodomy..and many other infractions. We the people believe Kevin Stanford should never be released from prison. We ask that Kevin Stanford be resentenced to life without parole.
Petition to Louisiana State House, Louisiana State Senate
Change Jail Time For Child Predators
In order to protect children from child predators, we need more severe punishments and longer jail sentencing. Statistics show the average jail time for a child predator is 0-10 years vs. average jail time for a drug dealer is 2-99 years depending on how much the dealer is caught with. How backwards is that? A drug dealer is only hurting people who want to be hurt, who willingly use the substance. A young and innocent child who is absolutely helpless will never ask to be abused, molested or raped. A childs safety is worth way more than a short jail sentence and registering as a sex offender while still living free. We as a state and also as a country need to do better in protecting our children, they are the future!
Petition to California State Senate, California State House, Gavin Newsom, United States Supreme Court, Donald J. Trump, California Governor, California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra, John Garamendi, Jerry Brown
Keep Daniel Marsh in Prison: Justice for Chip Northup & Claudia Maupin
Six years ago, on April 13, 2013, Daniel Marsh savagely stabbed to death Chip Northup & Claudia Maupin, as they slept inside their Davis, California home. Marsh delivered 128 stab wounds between the two...after Marsh finished his rampage, he cut out their torsos & placed foreign objects inside them to "throw off investigators" (his exact words). He wore duct tape on his shoes, glove, & ski-mask, so as not to leave any forensic evidence; all of which is the definition of PREMEDITATED murder!!! His age doesn't matter when something this precise & meticulously was planned. And had it not been for Marsh's friend calling in the tip line, there would have been more random, brutal murders in this small town, as Marsh was already in the process of planning his next when he was finally arrested, 2 months after the murder. A Blended family lost their beloved mother and father.... all because a sociopathic, 15-year-old (who was no stranger to the mental health system) simply wanted to fulfill a fantasy. He was sentenced to 52 years to Life in Prison. But since convicted, Marsh has gone on to challenge the "Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016, as enacted by Proposition 57 on November 8, 2016", thankfully his sentence upheld, and the judge found that the crime was so heinous, premeditated, & meticulously planned that Marsh was fit to stand trial as an adult. But now former Governor Jerry Brown, before leaving office in 2018, signed Bill 1391 (Chapter 1021; An act to amend Section 707 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to juveniles), enacting that NO PERSONS under the age of 15- years- old (no matter how brutal, horrific, or downright wrong against society) could be tried as an adult. Since Marsh's case was technically still opened, he may be granted retroactive relief under this new bill & walk out of prison in less than 4 years from now. PLEASE STAND WITH ME and Chip & Claudia's families and let's give the courts a solid reason to dismiss any retroactivity to SB1391 in Marsh's case!!! Not to mention, you'll help ensure that a sociopathic, convicted murderer would stay behind bars for his FULL sentence of 52 years and WON'T be walking around looking for his next "thrill", you never know who the next victim could be!!! If we the people of the United States don't do something to help STOP this, then we're no better than the people who help these killers get light sentences or off on cold-blooded murder charges!!! It's unconstitutional that a new Law Act or Bill be bestowed upon a person who's already been convicted & started serving their sentence; all because of a technicality (Prop. 57, which, he wasn't granted) which allowed his case to be reopened and now can possibly be brought open his case & now is possibly allowing him to fall under this new blanket law for juveniles and he'll either be immediately released or release at the age of 25; if that's the case then the court systems should be flooded with past cases...BUT most important, an individual of these sorts should not ever, EVER be allowed to walk the streets a free man, with a sealed background. Just think, he may end up in your town or city, as an employee, neighbor, friend, your child's friend or boyfriend, etc. WE NEED TO STOP ANY FURTHER PROCEEDING AND STOP IT NOW! And with your help and enough support, WE CAN!!!!!! Please help me in this fight to keep this man behind bars, where he belongs, for his full sentence; but most importantly, let's help Chip& Claudia rest in peace and FINALLY give their families the assurance that this killer will stay where he belongs!!! HERE'S A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON MARSH: At the age of 10, Daniel Marsh was hailed a hero by the American Red Cross, for saving his father's life by performing CPR during a heart attack. But over the next 5 years, all Daniel Marsh thought about and talked about was murder. He's killed an innocent CAT that was just walking by and after he stated: "I just didn't like it". Sometime after the killing of Chip & Claudia, he confided in a friend all the details of the murder. He also told him that he was planning to kill again, because of the 'high' he felt afterward. His friend went on to contact the police, as he actually feared for his own life and his family's lives as well. During the police interview, which included an FBI specialist, Daniel's EXACT words were: "I'm not gonna lie. IT FELT AMAZING. It was pure HAPPINESS, and adrenaline and dopamine, just all of it, rushing over me." You can read the entire 48-hour story on Daniel Marsh here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/daniel-marsh-double-murder-could-new-california-law-free-a-teen-killer-convicted-as-an-adult/ Other articles related to further details of this horrible tragedy: https://www.sacbee.com/community/yolo/article4448144.html https://wdef.com/2019/02/23/controversial-new-calif-law-free-convicted-killer-turns-25/ NOTE: This petition and the originator doesn't own copyrights to any of the story's/case links, nor the photo used for the petition. It's all used in good faith, as educational purposes for the public.