Crack + Black = Life
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Crack + Black = Life
“Intelligent. Concerned. Loving. Family-oriented.”
That’s how Donald’s mom describes her son.
Is she right? The evidence shows she is.
Spend a few moments today meeting a fine man, Donald B.W. Evans, an intelligent 50-year-old with much to offer.
In 1990, the nation’s justice system froze this good man’s life into a racist stereotype: worthless young black male. Today, Donald is serving life without parole because he — and hundreds of others who look like him — sold crack cocaine. read more…
Rose Ella Summers, 44, a meth offender from Grand Prairie, Tex., was named today as the No. 7 ranked women on The Clemency Report list of the Top 25 Women Deserving Clemency.
Born to a drug-addicted mother who dealt drugs, Rose Summers has overcome remarkable hardship to become an educated, respected peer counselor at the Carswell federal prison camp near Fort Worth. read more…
Update: Indonesia temporarily delays killing Australians
An Indonesian firing squad will execute Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran as early as today for involvement with heroin smuggling. read more…
Roderick “Rudd” Walker, 41, a gentle Deadhead serving life without parole for LSD, died in federal prison Tuesday of an apparent heart attack.
Unjust marijuana sentences have consumed the last 20 years of my life. read more…
Antonio Bascaró was one of the hundreds of colorful characters who enlivened Florida marijuana smuggling scene during the 1970s. He was daring and handsome, a former Cuban naval pilot who participated in Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. read more…
Let’s send these people home
“We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven.”Archbishop Desmond Tutu
More news from The Clemency Report
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The U.S. should release one million from prison.
Is it really that many -- one million?
The actual number is 1,606,535. Read why.
Why don't I hear about these people?
Prison silences. Imprisoned men and women are barely real to most free people. The Clemency Report aims to change that.
What can I do?
Tell the story of an affected loved one. Sign the petitions at change.org to show support for nonviolent drug offenders in prison.
Tell us about someone who deserves a shorter sentence.
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The 10 Historical Uses of Clemency
1) To correct hard cases.
2) To correct unduly severe sentences.
3) For mitigating circumstances.
4) For innocence or dubious guilt.
5) In death penalty cases.
6) For physical condition.
7) To restore civil rights.
8) To prevent deportations.
9) For political purposes or reasons of state.
10) To mitigate harm to children.
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