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Petition to Jerry Brown, California Governor

Reduce my son's unjust sentence

My son Jeremy Stewart has been given 70 years in prison for stealing. He was convicted of burglarizing two homes while the residents were out. There was no confrontation, no threats, and no violence. California has the toughest Three strikes law allowing life sentences for property theft. My son had two prior nonviolent offenses, the judge made the decision to enforce the law to the fullest. I have been fighting for a fairer punishment ever since. Under previous California law, Jeremy would have most likely been sentenced to about 12-15 years in prison. But because of California's 3 Strikes law, Jeremy received a harsher sentence than drug cartel hit men who had confessed to killing more than 20 people. They only got 25-years-to-life. Jeremy's poor decisions were made while he was dealing with a serious drug addiction and depression. He needed treatment and rehabilitation.This doesn't excuse his conduct and he knows he needs to face consequences for his actions. But 70 years to life with no good time credits allowed, means he won't be eligible for parole until he is 96. The cost, 5 million dollars to taxpayers. This is an unjust and  inhumane death sentence, all for nonviolent offense. Jeremy is not the only one being punished -- I am raising his two children in his absence. Every day, these innocent young children suffer emotionally missing their father. I struggle financially working to afford day care and their basic needs.This unjust sentence means his children will never be able share the same four walls as their father. He should have an opportunity to earn the right to return home to provide for his two young children, Heatherly and David, currently ages 5 and 6. Today Jeremy is serving his sentence at Centenila State Prison. He tutors other inmates, leads the Christian worship services and the Narcotics Anonymous group. He currently has a 4.0 GPA through Coastline College and will soon be graduating, just 4 more classes to go. He has been a model prisoner. Jeremy made a terrible mistake, but should a nonviolent crime put him behind bars for life?  A Petition for Clemency has been sent to Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown to exercise his discretion and reduce Jeremy's sentence. I am asking the Governor to reduce his sentence to 20 years. I humbly and respectfully request your support. Please sign my petition and stand by me and my family as we fight to give Jeremy the chance to come home one day. Thank you. Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth stewart
55,595 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to The Major League Baseball Association

Create Major League Softball

These are ten of the many reasons to create Major League Softball; Baseball is one of the only sports without a Woman's region. There is no future career after College for the Softball Players who sacrifice a normal childhood for the love of the game. Adaptation to Baseball from Softball will be incredibly hard. You would lose your Facemask, be forced to play with a smaller, lighter, ball; use a larger, grassier field, play by different rules and with a wooden bat, as well as with a smaller glove. Not to mention the stress and dedication it would take on you.  The economy would be benefited by Stadium and Broadcasting costs.  There would be more jobs in the construction, broadcasting, and athletic departments.  We would have more of "America's Favorite Pastime" with two versions of the sport.  Softball is the way into a better life for some Players, as Baseball is the way into a better life for some players. There would be more career options for College graduates.  There would be more hope for Women whom's God-Given talent is Softball. Lifelong friendships are formed through Softball. Please Note: There has beeen confusion that there is a Major League Softball. There is the NFP, or National Fastpitch Association. Have you ever heard of it? Probably not. I mean, the six teams only have one televised tournament a year. Please sign this Petition and share it with your family and friends today!

Madison Thompson
32 supporters