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Prison Sentencing

70 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Ralph Northam, Virginia State Senate, Virginia State House, Facebook, Twitter, Human Rights Campaign, Change.org, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Foxx, Gerry Connolly, A. Donald McEachin, Janet Howell, ABC, CBS, Washington Post, NBC, USA Today

Parenting behind bars: An epidemic no one wants to talk about!

EVERY PARENT WANTS AND DESERVES TO SEE THEIR CHILDREN GRADUATE FROM SCHOOL!!! And unless we help this father, he will miss the significant moment that his daughters will walk across the stage, honoring him for all his efforts, while parenting from behind bars. Miguel Jimenez-Gomez has already missed every birthday, holiday, and milestone in his daughters' and family's lives due to being railroaded in the Virginia court system at a tender age. Miguel has already served 15 of 31 years for a botched, non-violent robbery that he attepmted for the 1st time when he was a young, dumb, 19 years old. During this height of mass-incarceration, Virginia's offenders were forced to serve "Truth-in-Sentencing" punishments; clearly, they used young Miguel as an example for all his peers, and overly sentenced him, as HIS SENTENCE DOESN'T FIT THE CRIME! His newsworthy case was taken all the way to the Supreme Court in an attempt to appeal the atrocious decision of an ornery judge. Ultimately, he had ineffective counsel that negligently handled his case and failed to file his appeal. (Like so many other cases in the Virginia penal system)! After exhausting every legal resource and financial avenue available at that time, Miguel reluctantly accepted his overwhelming fate; that he wasn't going to see his family, especially his 1year old baby, for 3 decades. Now, after serving half of his oppressive sentence and maximizing his potential for defined rehabilitation, he is at the mercy of his Excellency, the governor of Virginia, Mr. Ralph Northam, to have his sentence commuted. All he wants is to be able to hold his daughters hand on graduation day and make up for all the time he has been away from society. So much in this life has changed and passed him by already. Give him a chance to be productive and successful!  On behalf of his entire network of family and friends, associates and advocates alike, we are requesting from Governor Northam a reduction of his sentence, whereas a conditional release would be ultimately granted. We need him home! His daughters need him home. He has been gone from us and his community for far too long since Virginia ended parole in 1995. There are so many people being affected by the outcome of this. You are our only hope!  Would you agree that these lengthy sentences are destroying our families, our society, and our economy? Do you agree that it's traumatizing a generation of parent-less children? Then I implore you to sign this petition and share it as much as possible so that we can show our government officials that it's time for a real change, time to end truth-in-sentencing, time to return these men and women to their families, and it starts right here with Miguel Jimenez-Gomez!!! It's time for him to be free!!!  #FreeourFamilies  

Jacquee Oakes
280 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Richard Scott, Brad King, Peter Magrino

Justice for Katherine Bryan Hoover and Baby Rehlin

My Story: On July 26, 2014, my 25-year-old daughter Katherine Bryan Hoover and her husband went to visit her husband's friend, 35-year-old William DeHayes, at his home in Brooksville, Florida. During their visit, DeHayes decided to show off his gun collection. His subsequent recklessly negligent actions would prove fatal to my daughter, as well as to her unborn son, Rehlin. My devastated family and I are seeking justice on their behalf. Here's what happened that horrible day. When DeHayes began showing off his gun collection, he checked the first several guns to ensure they weren't loaded. But when he pulled out his .22 caliber revolver, he neither checked to see if the safety was on, nor if it was loaded--an act of complete and utter negligence. While showing off this unchecked .22 caliber revolver to his visitors, DeHayes began twirling the revolver in his hand like a gunslinger, in an incredibly cavalier manner ("kinda like a cowboy would," he later told police). He was pointing the revolver in Katherine's direction. The gun was cocked and loaded. As DeHayes twirled it on his finger, it discharged, shooting Katherine in the head. Katherine was rushed to the hospital, where she died a few hours later. Doctors delivered her unborn son, Rehlin, via emergency C-section, but as he was only at 5 months' gestation, he lived a mere 30 minutes before dying, as well. My family and I are bereft at these senseless, tragic, and completely preventable losses. I rushed to the hospital to be at Katherine's side, and I cannot tell you how traumatic the entire experience was. I've never seen so much blood before in my life as I did that night. Watching my baby girl leave this world and remembering the joy of when she came into this world, I thought I was going to die right there beside her. I begged and pleaded with the doctors to save her, even though I knew in my head that they couldn't do anything for her. My heart just couldn't accept it. Katherine also left behind a beautiful little boy, Nicholas, who is 6. He will have to endure a lifetime without his loving, devoted mother--all because of DeHayes' negligence. Making matters worse, because investigators say that Katherine's death was due to an "accidental shooting," they have declined to charge DeHayes, despite the fact that drug paraphernalia (specifically, a bong) was at the crime scene--and despite the fact that DeHayes essentially admitted in his interview with the Hernando County sheriff to a pattern of negligence. According to a recording of his interview obtained by the Daily Beast, he told the sheriff: "I haven’t slept in three days trying to figure out how the hell [the gun] went off. I don’t know. I mean them damn guns. The shotgun goes off when it wants to. I almost blew my damn head off twice." Excuse me, but shotguns don't go off when they "want" to. Shotguns go off when their owners are negligent. Full stop. Despite this damning evidence of repeated negligence, and despite the fact that there are children in DeHayes' home who might be at risk, officials not only refused to arrest or charge him: they also gave him his guns back, without so much as a slap on the wrist. I am shocked, appalled, and devastated at how the judicial system has failed us. In fact, I feel like I am going crazy. How is it that DeHayes' right to own and play recklessly with his guns trumps my daughter's right to life? If a person drowns a dog, charges are filed. Is not my daughter's life, and that of her baby, worth more than that of a dog? How can this be? Please, help us secure justice for Katherine and Rehlin. Please prosecute DeHayes for involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, and/or other appropriate charges, and give him a trial before a jury of his peers. As his pattern of recklessness demonstrates, he is a menace to society. He deserves to be prosecuted for his unconscionable actions that proved fatal to Katherine and Rehlin. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Donna Bryan bereaved mother of Katherine Bryan Hoover

Donna Bryan
16,307 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Kirk Cox, Ralph Northam, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Jennifer Foy

Support lowering the age for geriatric release for youthful offenders in Virginia

Currently the rules for geriatric parole are unbalanced and place an unfair burden on youthful offenders. An 18 year old offender, currently, has to serve 42 years before being "eligible" for geriatric relief. Which does not guarantee relief will be granted. A 50 year old, in contrast, has to serve 10 years to become eligible. We seek to close that gap. Each year 1000 inmates in Virginia are eligible for geriatric relief, approximately 15 are granted relief. But at 60, and more often, older. Youthful offenders will have lost all of the youth needed to take on entry level jobs, upon their return to society. In many cases, they have lost the support system they once had, family, friends, and any connection they had to the community. The things most needed for potential success upon reentry. We want the rules to change, to as follows, to be included with the existing rules. Eligibility for offenders reaching the age of 50 and having served at least 25 years. Eligibility at any point after 50 and having served 25 years. And the current rules of eligibility for those reaching 60 years old and serving 10 years, of those reaching 65 years old and having served five. The cost to not address this to Virginia, is Fiscal and social. Inmates are not eligible for Medicare / Medicaid, and the estimated medical costs for older inmates is 138 million a year. A pew study, estimates the cost per inmate, between the ages of 55- 85, at $70,000 a year. Continued costs for geriatric offenders upon release are incalculable. But there certainly can be an assertion that without a support system, and an inability to physically meet the demands of entry level work. Poverty will ensue. Leading to more expenditure of resources by the community, and the potential for blight, and further victimization. These people need some youth to remain upon release to improve the chance of success.

Jenny Richter
886 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Ernest Gwinn

Help Ernest Gwinn Come Home - Sign My Executive Clemency Petition

My name is Ernest Gwinn R26930. I am currently housed at Dixon Correctional Center 2600 N. Brinton Ave, Dixon, IL 61021.  I filed an Executive Clemency for commutation of two prison sentences. I received one sentence for 25 years at 50% for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Additionally, I received 20 years at 85% for a home invasion with an injury. As of March 2018, I will have served 15 years of the assigned sentence. My current release date is September 4, 2032, my mandatory release date is September 4, 2035. By signing my petition, you are showing your support for my sentences to be concurrent instead of consecutively. Anybody out there with a loved one in prison or even if you have been incarcerated? If so, you have to understand this pain. If you could get out or have your loved one released with your signature, would you do it? Well, I am a good man whose made some mistakes. I am not perfect but I have learned from my mistakes. I too, am also a son, father, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend - just like some of you!  My 25 years at 50% = 12 1/2 years (to do) + 20 years at 85% = 17 years (to do). So, 12 1/2 years (to do) + 17 years (to do) = 29 1/2 years (to serve in prison). This is with my sentences consecutively, right now. Then, 29 1/2 years (to serve) - 15 years (already served) = 14 1/2 (more years to serve). If I were not out on bond when I caught my second case, my time would have been run concurrent anyways (together).  This petition will support my effort in getting my sentences concurrently which would be my 15 years (I've already served) being applied evenly into both of my sentences. So the 12 1/2 years (to do) minus 15 years (I’ve already served) is done, 17 years (to do) minus 15 years I’ve already served equals 2 years (left to serve) and I’m out of prison. Please review my accomplishments that I have achieved during my 15 years of incarceration. If you are in support of my release, please sign the petition. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to write me. I appreciate your time and consideration. Summarization of Incarcerated Accomplishments Certifications 06/2003 - 09/2003, Dads Are Doing Something (D.A.D.S.) 12 weeks 06/2003 - 09/2003, Aggression Control Training (I.A.C.T.) - 12 weeks 2003 Substance Abuse, Lake County Jail - 12 weeks 06/10/2004, Practical Christian Living 12/23/2004, Ten Men You Should Know - 10 weeks  04/14/2003 - 01/02/07, The C.E.F Mailbox Club - 95 lessons, 3.95GPA 04/16/2005, In God We Trust - 10 lessons 10/2004 - 08/30/05, Blackstone Career Institute, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Diploma 03/24/2006, God's Great Salvation 10/03/2006, Basic Bible Truths 10/2007 - 05/29/2009, Business Management (D.A.C.C.), 37 credit hours 03/28/2012, Faithful Fathers, 12 modules  07/16/2012, Anger Management, 12 modules 04/26/2013, Lifestyle Redirection, 12 modules 06/24/2013, Knowing Jesus Christ, 12 modules 07/26/2013, The God News, 4 lessons 08/06/2013, Lesson on Assurance, 12 lessons 08/19/2013, Born to Win, 12 lessons 08/21/2013, A Country Called Heaven, 12 lessons 08/28/2013, Talking with Christ, 12 lessons 08/31/2013, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Water Baptized as Protestant Christian 09/30/2013, The Word of God, 12 lessons 09/30/2013, The Good News of Your Salvation, 12 weeks 09/30/2013, The Greatest Man Alive, 3 lessons 10/21/2013, Growing as a Christian 10/21/2013, Developing Your Faith  12/02/2013, Inside Out Dads, 12 modules 12/16/2013, Lessons for Christian Living, 12 lessons 12/16/2013, Doing Time with Jesus, 12 lessons 12/17/2013, Basic Christian Doctrine, 10 lessons 12/17/2013, Serving Others, 12 lessons 12/31/2013, Discovering the Bible 02/13/2014, My New Life in Christ, 20 lessons 02/17/2004, A Journey through the Bible, 12 lessons 02/17/2004, Sense and Nonsense about Prayer, 12 lessons 02/17/2004, Lessons on Christian Living, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Proverbs for Life, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Securely Saved and Sure of It, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Twelve Units of Study, 12 units 03/18/2014, Stratford Career Institute, Diploma, Highest Honors 04/11/2014, The New Life in Christ, Part II, 12 lessons 04/21/2014, Walking the Walk, 10 lessons 04/21/2014, How to Succeed on the Streets, 12 lessons 04/21/2014, Ecclesiastes, 10 lessons 04/30/2014, Victorious Christian Living 05/12/2014, The Character of the Christian 05/12/2014, The Spirit Filled Christian, 05/19/2014, What the Bible Teaches, 12 lessons 05/19/2014, God is There, 12 lessons 05/27/2014, Basic Bible Beliefs  06/16/2014, Managing Anger God's Way, 10 lessons 06/16/2014, The Bible, What's in it for You, 10 lessons 06/23/2014, The Character of the Christian 07/08/2014, I'll Take the High Road, 12 lessons 07/28/2014, One God, One Way, 12 lessons 08/12/2014, Walking with Christ 08/21/2014, New Life in Christ III, 25 lessons 08/27/2014, Foundations for Faith 09/02/2014, Parables of Jesus, Part I 12/12/2014, Practical Christian Living, 24 lessons 01/19/2015, The Letter of John, 6 lessons 01/19/2015, The Letter of James 02/12/2015, Basic Bible Truths, 10 lessons 07/28/2014, Emmas Correspondence School, 24 units 12/17/2014, Substance Abuse, Danville Correctional Center 02/24/2015, Transforming Incarcerated Dads, 2-day seminar, IDOC 03/02/2015, Men Who Met the Master, 6 lessons 03/02/2015, Discovering Bible Study, 10 lessons 03/05/2015, Growing in Discipleship 04/01/2015, Fisher of Men, 3 lessons 07/20/2015, The Spirit World, 8 lessons 08/31/2015, Summary of the Bible, 12 lessons 08/31/2015, Parables of Jesus, Part II 09/01/2015, Study on Prayer 09/05/2015, Sharing Your Faith 10/24/2015, The Spirit Filled Christian 11/15/2015, Devine Versus Natural View Point 01/04/2016, The Believers Battle with Temptation, 12 lessons 01/04/2016, Forgiving and Being Forgiven, 4 lessons 01/05/2016, Jonah, 16 lessons 01/25/2016, Romans, 16 lessons 03/24/2016, God's Great Salvation, 16 lessons 04/27/2016, Men of Bible, Part I 06/15/2016, Discipleship Program The Sermon on the Mount 06/15/2016, All That He Did 06/22/2016, A Soldier's Call Know Jesus Christ 07/13/2016, Street Church, The Cross and Suffering 07/26/2016, Shingle Quality Specialist 08/02/2016, Master Shingle Applicator Wizard 12/16/2016, Basic Bible Doctrine, 95 lessons 01/10/2017, The Source of Life, 12 lessons 01/16/2017, Men of the Bible, Part II 02/01/2017, The Holiness of God, Perfect Attendance 03/01/2017, The Assurance of Salvation, Perfect Attendance 03/2017, Unleash the Masterpiece, Foundations for Life, 16 weeks 03/27/2017, The Lordship of Christ, 10 lessons 05/03/2017, Soldiers of Christ Ministries, Discipleship Program 06/05/2017, Women of the Bible 07/21/2017, A Study of Exodus 05/2017, World Bible College, This is Good News 06/2017, World Bible College, God Has Spoken 07/2017, World Bible College, Knowing Jesus 08/2017, World Bible College, Born of the Water 03/2018, Taking the Lead, Foundations for Life, 16 weeks  03/2018, Men's Fraternity, Certificate of Commencement, 36 weeks   Employment 10/2006 - 07/2007, Menard Correctional Center, Barbershop, transferred 05/2010 - 07/2011, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Maintenance, Electrician's Helper 08/2011 - 08/2012, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Kitchen/Cook 05/2014 - 09/2014, Danville Correctional Center, Barbershop, went back to college 06/2015 - 02/2016, Danville Correctional Center, Laundry Porter, 2nd Shift, transferred 05/2016 - 12/2016, Dixon Correctional Center, Production, 3rd shift/Kitchen 01/2017 - 08/2017, Dixon Correctional Center, Hospital, Infirmary, Sanitation Specialist 08/2017 - Present, Dixon Correctional Center, Electrician's Helper, awaiting opening 06/2018 - Present, Dixon Correctional Center, Hospital, Ambulatory Aide    College 10/2004 - 08/30/2015, Blackstone Career Institute, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Diploma 10/2007 - 05/29/2009, Danville Area Community College, Business Management, 37 credit hours 05/2009 - 05/12/201, Lakeland College, Associates in Liberal Studies, Cum Laude 03/18/2014, Stratford Career Institute, Electrician, Diploma, Highest Honors 06/01/2014 - 05/20/2016, Danville Area Community College, Associates in Science and Arts, Cum Laude 01/2016 - 03/2016, University of Illinois - Urbana, Education Justice Program, Bachelor's Degree Program, transferred to facility closer to home, 1 of 35 students      

Ernest Gwinn
1,176 supporters