Petition to Judge Haas
Free Marlon Dave
Rehabilitation is said to be the primary goal of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and other penal systems throughout the United States. Who, however, determines what rehabilitation looks like and how is it determined? Legal dictionary online states that "Rehabilitating a prisoner refers to preparing him or her for a productive life upon release from prison." Mr. Marlon Dave, who has been incarcerated since 1999 and should now be eligible to apply for judicial release, has been rehabilitated. He, however, has come against several challenges that have prevented him from making this happen. This petition is to bring attention to his efforts at rehabilitation since his 1999 incarceration. His time incarcerated has allowed for him to see the error of his ways, make appropriate modifications and adjustment, grow from his actions, and prepare for a productive life upon release from prison. He has been the true definition of what rehabilitation should look like. Upon his release he has made it very clear that his mission is to facilitate programs in the very community--Canton, Ohio--affected by the crime in which he was convicted for. He recognizes that he owes this debt to this community and its residents. Programs such as the one he plans to implement will surely impact and are desperately needed in communities like Canton that have seen a steady increase in crimes such as the ones that Marlon was convicted of many years ago. What is needed, though, before any change can be made is for Marlon to be released and allowed to put his plan into motion. Please join with me in reviewing and signing this petition and spreading it to those in the community that may be affected positively by Marlon's release and proposed work in the community.
Petition to The people of Illinois
Raise awareness for addicts who are hospitalized
In our small city of Galesburg, Illinois, drug addicts who are hospitalized in one of the two hospitals we have are treated as a burden. Many can contest that there are more important health issues and other patients to tend to first in the ER, but when addicts ask for help, they turn to either being hospitalized, incarcerated or they relapse. There is no proper information and guidance for addicts who end up hospitalized in this city, people who have drugs in their system are mistreated by ER staff, doctors don't feel the need to treat them as actual patients. The understanding of what addiction is and how to reach sobriety is not given to addicts who end up hospitalized. They are given quick, non-professional assessments from Bridgeway, a poorly funded option for sobriety and rehabilitation. Bridgeway needs more funding, and addicts who end up in hospitalized can benefit more from transfer to mental health facilities such as Chicago Behavioral Health, and The Pavillon in Champagne IL. How can we as a community solve an epidemic when we release addicts right back into the streets they came from. If you believe in a better Galesburg, sign this petition to raise awareness for those who are do not ask for help, who do not know where to ask for help. Fund Bridgeway, gain awareness and save lives.
Petition to Tennessee Board of Parole
John Michael Smith Homecoming
John Michael Smith at the age of 18 was in the wrong place, in a bad state extremely high on a combination of drugs, at the wrong time with the wrong person. At a drug dealer's house wandering around the yard, he heard a yell "run" and did followed by 3 gun shots. He went back to see his "friend" covered in blood struggling with the dealer. He cried out "help me Michael". The dealer would have died from the first 3 shots fired. Unfortunately in his mind defending his friend, he fired a shot. He had no defense with a public defender who had a brief paragraph for an opening statement. Also he was the only witness called. The attorney was chairing his second murder case with an 18 year old with no record in a complex case with no time or resources. He deserves another opportunity. We are filing an application for commutation to shorten his sentence.
Petition to Doug Burgum
Allow Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers in North Dakota
Did you know that North Dakota is the only state in the United States that does not have Wildlife Rehabilitation centers? I recently stumbled upon this information when researching how to start my own Wildlife Rehabilitation center here in North Dakota. I will just touch briefly on what Wildlife Rehabilitaters can do for our state. Animal Rehabilitation centers help keep people educated on what to do when finding a “orphaned” or injured animal. They can tell if the animal is to be left alone or brought in to a facility. Without rehabilitation centers, who do they call? ND Game and Fish who in return tell them to leave the animal to suffer or fend for itself and then most likely that person will end up taking the animal in illegally on their own to try to help it survive, because really? Who could leave an injured or orphaned baby to fend for itself? They then have no experience on what they are doing which in return most of the time will have a devastating result in which the wildlife animal does not survive. In the end, if an animal is released in to the wild, their chances of survival after rehabilitation are much greater compared to orphaned babies or injured wildlife that are left alone in the wild. At least this way they have a fighting chance to survive, when they are injured or orphaned and left alone they don’t stand a chance. Animals that are not able to be successfully rehabilitated and released in to the wild are then used for education purposes in which they can live a very fulfilled and happy life, if quality of life is not there they will then be euthanized. Not all animals that are injured or orphaned will be found by humans, there is so much land in North Dakota untouched by humans so the fact of this affecting the food chain is not accurate. Only the animals that happen to come in contact or cross paths with a human will be the ones lucky enough to have the chance to be rehabilitated. Sadly, at this time, my dream of being able to help our orphaned and injured wildlife here in the state of North Dakota can not come true. Thats why I need your help. Please sign this petition, this is something that is so important to me and I strongly believe that wildlife rehabilitation centers make a difference and that we need this kind of education in our State, a State that has so much wildlife that we need to protect.
Petition to Jerry Brown
Keep Families Connected, stop CDCR from denying an inmate of VISITATION WITH LOVED ONES.
The purpose of visitation for inmates in CDCR, is to maintain healthy family and community relationships. However, CDCR has rules and regulations that prevent these relationships from being maintained. Beginning with the process an individual must go through in applying to visit an inmate. I respect that CDCR needs to assure the safety of correctional officers & inmates, & must take certain precautions to do so. However, they require prospective visitor's to list all criminal convictions and charges they have had in their lifetime on the visitation questionnaire , & if any crime is not listed, that is grounds for DENIAL. Some people have crimes over a decade out & might not recall the exact disposition & date. CDCR has a database connected to the department of justice that will give them a thorough background check of any person applying for visitation. So they need to utilize that system, & stop making an inmates LOVED ONE go through the process of listing all charges on their record, when they have access to it. It is a hardship to a prospective visitor to obtain printouts from courthouses with lists of convictions provide proof of discharge paperwork had they ever been on parole, this can be costly for a person to collect documentation, which is straining for the person, and is absolutely unnecessary. CDCR can run a thorough background check with their name, DOB & SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. Secondly, the time in which it takes for a visitation questionnaire to be processed, is extensive and leads to gaps in an inmate keeping contact with his loved ones, more action needs to be taken by CDCR to process these applications in a timely matter which should be no longer than 30 days. If they are short of employees to process such a large number of applications, then hiring more correctional officers or staff to be sure every applications get completed is VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE CHANCES OF REHABILITATION OF CDCR INMATES & THAT IS WHAT CDCR MAIN FOCUSES SHOULD BE. It is statistically proven that those inmates who recieve regular visitation with their families, are more likely to rehabilitate by participating in rehabilitation programs offered by CDCR, and their likelihood to re offend is less upon release. CDCR has the power to take an inmates visitation as a "LOSS OF PRIVELAGE" and this should not be allowed. An inmates familiy could be his network of support and the impact loss of visitation has on the inmate and his family is negative & defeats the purpose of rehabilitation for the incarcerated individual. It is cruel and unusual punishment. The community at large will benefit supporting keeping families connected, through the barriers of prison gates, as it is proven statistically that inmates who have family and community support, are more likely to parole as constructive members of society.