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 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 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 Pennsylvania State Senate, Daylin Leach, Christine Tartaglione, Donald White, Pat Toomey
ELIMINATE 2ND- DEGREE FELONY MURDER FOR MANY ACCOMPLICES IN PENNSYLVANIA! SUPPORT & SIGN SB293!
Senator Leach stated " I have introduced legislation to eliminate murder of the second degree from Pennsylvania law. Also known as the "Felony Murder" doctrine, a murder of the second degree occurs when a criminal homicide is committed while an offender is engaged as a principal or an accomplice in the perpetration of a felony. In other words, if more than one person is involved in the perpetration of a felony, each person involved shall be held responsible for a criminal homicide that occurs as a result. A guilty verdict for murder of the second degree carries a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. An example of how this might play out is as follows: Assume two people agree that they will go to a convenience store, and Person A will wait for the cash drawer to open, and grab the cash. Person B will wait outside and drive the getaway car. Person A goes into the store and, instead of grabbing the cash, pulls out a gun and shoots the clerk behind the counter, killing the clerk. Under current law, Person B would be guilty of second-degree murder even though he or she did not kill anyone, and even though he or she had no knowledge that Person A would kill the clerk, or intended to shoot anyone, or even possessed a gun. This is not only an injustice, it undermines the basic notion of criminal law that we punish people for the crimes they commit or intend to commit. This doctrine leads to unjust results, including cases where the person who actually commits the murder is punished less than the person who did not kill anyone. The cost to the taxpayers of exacting such disproportionate and unjustified punishment is enormous." This bill would, of course, continue to permit the punishment of any defendant for any other crime they commit or intend to commit. If you have questions about this legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Steve Hoenstein, at email@example.com or 610-768-4200. ************************************************************************************************ GEORGE TRUDEL, INMATE # AS-2262 SERVING HIS 29TH YEAR OF LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE @ SCI GRATERFORD, is the perfect example of why you should sign SB293. George Trudel was convicted of second-degree felony murder when he was at the scene of a fatal stabbing on November 14, 1986, with Robert " Bobby" Barrett" who was the admitted murderer in the case. Robert Barrett took a plea bargain because he was the murderer, and served only 7 years and was released from prison. George Trudel pleaded not guilty because he didn't kill anyone. He was found guilty and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. How can this be allowed to happen? The murderer does less time in prison than the person who was with him at the scene? PLEASE SIGN the petition supporting Senator Daylin Leach and SB293! Thank you! CLICK ON LINKS BELOW, TO SIGN THE THREE PETITIONS THAT ARE DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO THIS PETITION!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 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&utm_term=share_petition https://www.change.org/p/pennsylvania-state-house-please-sign-and-support-hb135-introduced-by-pennsylvania-state-rep-jason-dawkins?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 Peter Magrino, Ashley Moody, Ron DeSantis, Brad King
Brad King we demand Justice
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
Petition to Missouri State House
Reduce Mandatory Minimums In Missouri
Missouri continues to pay out a massive amount of money to house inmates. Many of whom have been incarcerated for over 15 years. Inmates that continue to take trainings, workshops, and attend meetings to help them adjust to society upon release. These inmates are unable to participate in skills until they are 2 years from parole. Bring the First Step Act to Missouri State prisons. Putting a plan in place to assess every inmate to develop programs, trainings, and support to those incarcerated is the best way to know if and when an inmate is ready for release. As Trump said, even those that make mistakes deserve a chance. But with mandatory minimums the majority of these inmates will not have the opportunity to show that they can contribute to society. This decision needs to be in the hands of the parole board. The ones that are able to talk with them and see the progress they have made. Mandatory minimums strictly have taken that away. It continues to take money that could be used to better the state in many other ways such as healthcare, schools, and drug rehabilitation\prevention. Initiate the First Step Act in Missouri!!
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Kay Ivey
FREE COLBY DWIGHT BIRDSONG, Unfairly Charged, Unfairly tried, Unfairly Convicted
Can you imagine being put into prison knowing that you are actually innocent? Can you imagine your mother paying $6000 to an attorney then finding out he has been disbarred and that you'll get your money back in payments of $20 each month? Well due to lies, corruption, and lack of justice this has happened to Colby, he has been incarcerated for over four years. The Court of Criminal Appeals read the letter we wrote to them and appointed an attorney to look into this matter. The appointed attorney saw that Colby should have never been given a prison sentence and asked for a resentencing hearing. The same judge who sent this young man to prison set the resentencing hearing for August 2019! That is over two years away! He was sentenced as if he was a habitual criminal but had no criminal history. He was given the maximum sentence for charges that did not exist. He is in a maximum security prison where the majority of the inmates are serving life sentences without parole and Colby has to try to survive every day because other inmates have nothing to lose if they kill him. He has been threatened along with his family. He has been assaulted and shanked but nothing was done. Please take a moment and read the facts. Please sign this petition, this young man is living a nightmare and fights to not give up because he knows he is innocent. At the very least, please pray for Colby. It is with sincere hearts that we beg for help, sign this petition to show faith in a fellow human being. The corruption in Morgan County Alabama has put him in prison with a 25 year sentence and won't look at their mistake for two more years and possibly let him out (it might make someone look bad). It seems that he could be released if someone with some common sense would look at his case - the facts are there and simple. President Trump we ask for your help because you have the wisdom to see Colby's case fairly, because you have the heart to reach out and give this man his life back, and because you have the power to take action and pardon him. Colby Dwight Birdsong was involved with a woman who tried to ruin his life. She has a pattern through her relationships with others that seems to repeat itself. He became involved and they began to have altercations because she has a volatile temperament. She took out several protection from abuse orders but then she would contact him, pursue him, and spend time with him. This female was also involved in multiple relationships with people who were connected to members of law enforcement and made it difficult for Colby to get treated fairly. Getting him out of prison will give our community a good man to be our neighbor and friend, who will be a productive citizen. This is our letter:To the State of Alabama Court of Criminal AppealsReasons why we ask you to consider Colby Dwight Birdsong for an appeal on his case. He is not guilty.Poor representation by court appointed attorney.The hired attorney was disbarred.Colby's file was lost, when hired attorney's office was closed by the bar association. Hired Attorney fled with all the fees he had been paid by Colby's family.Court appointed attorney voiced anger toward Colby because he was reappointed after being fired by Colby.A judge ruled that the protection orders were null and void.The judge stated that the other Judge could not void the protection orders.The plaintiff violated all the protection orders by contacting Colby and continuing to have a relationship with Colby.Maximum sentencing was given although Colby had no prior criminal behavior.The plaintiff has documented a history of mental illness and violent behavior.Plaintiff had an influence on law enforcement officers involved in police reports to favor the plaintiff.Witnesses were not called to testify at trial that were critical to Colby's defense.A crucial witness was not allowed to speak in favor of Colby who would have shown that Colby was not guilty.An eyewitness was not allowed to testify the whole truth.Plaintiff perjured herself at trial.One of the prosecution's witnesses perjured herself.Evidence for the defense was not presented by a court-appointed attorney that was crucial for defense.Plaintiff had adequate time to self-inflict alleged marks and wounds after grandparents left the scene and before law enforcement arrived at the scene because she was left alone at the scene.Zip ties allegedly used to kidnap plaintiff were not present at the scene or presented at trial.Photos of plaintiff's marks/wounds did not show who was in the photos.A sworn affidavit from a witness was not presented that would have shown the plaintiff was not being honest and was threatening Colby and this witness.Court appointed attorney told the witness with the affidavit that he did not need to be present at trial and then the Judge would not let court-appointed attorney admit into evidence the affidavit because the witness was not in the courtroom. The rules during the trial were not followed by the prosecution preventing the defendant from being able to show he was not guilty.The court-appointed appeals attorney displayed anger toward Sharon Jett and withdrew from the case without waiting for the deadline for Colby to send in the appeal letter.
Petition to Ralph S. Northam, Virginia State Senate, Virginia State House, Facebook, Twitter, Human Rights Campaign, Change.org, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Foxx, Gerald E. Connolly, A. Donald McEachin, Janet D. Howell, ABC, CBS, Washington Post, NBC, USA Today
Please help our dad by supporting his conditional release!
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 stealing a cellphone 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