Crack + Black = Life

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No. 1 Robert Shipp — life without parole for selling crack at age 20

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Donald B.W. Evans, good kid, U.C. Berkeley student, crack lifer

Crack + Black = Life

Donald Evans, Catholic elementary school graduation

Donald Evans, Catholic elementary school graduation

“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…

Meth offender Rose Summers named No. 7 on list of women deserving clemency

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New No. 7 Rose Summers and her son Victor

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…

RIP: Roderick “Rudd” Walker, 41, LSD lifer and Deadhead

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LSD lifer Rudd, dead at 41

Roderick “Rudd” Walker, 41, a gentle Deadhead serving life without parole for LSD, died in federal prison Tuesday of an apparent heart attack.

Jeremy Davis, Rudd’s best friend, broke the sad news in a Facebook post. “I can’t believe I’m writing this, or even able to see with all the tears blurring my sight,” Jeremy began. read more…

Why mandatory minimums can’t work

Nobody is one thing. Nobody is just a drug dealer, father, hockey player, troubled teen, cheerleader or drunk driver. Mandatory minimum sentences — especially at today’s sadistic lengths —  can never make society more just because they rely on a... read more

How to make a petition succeed for a loved one

  PLUS: The 12 most signed clemency petitions on The 5 keys to success. Petitions on are a powerful  tool for people seeking clemency. The site currently has 2.2 million signatures supporting about 40 clemency petitions.  The Clemency... read more

Let’s send these people home

Alice Marie Johnson, 59, playwright and mentor

Alice is a talented writer and performer. She is currently writing a Christmas Play entitled, “It’s Time.” Alice is already renowned for her annual Easter play and has scripted and staged her own original sequels to “Sister Act” and “Madea Comes to Carswell,” which... read more

Lisa Lorentz, 44, working class kid, great parents

  Lisa grew up in a nice suburb outside of Dallas, Texas, in a loving, working-class home with two older brothers. Her parents have been married 50 years. Despite this upbringing, she had difficulty fitting in during her teenage years. She eventually dropped out... read more

“We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

More news from The Clemency Report

Obama grants clemency to just 8 federal prisoners

6  crack and 2 meth offenders released 2,000+ non-violent drug lifers ignored President Obama continued the sad practice of being stingy with clemency. On Wednesday, the president commuted the sentences of only 8 federal inmates — or 0.000037% of 212,283 federal... read more

Attack against Deadheads was no hallucination

I wrote this story 22 years ago. It seems profoundly relevant, even today. — Dennis Cauchon, editor, The Clemency Report Attack on Deadheads is no hallucination Band’s followers handed stiff LSD sentences   By DENNIS CAUCHON USA TODAY October 17, 1992... read more

What a man saw in prison today…

Luis Anthony Rivera. Ever heard of him? Of course not. Luis is an invisible human rights abuse victim, among the tens of thousands of people serving immorally long drug sentences that disgrace our nation. Luis, 57, is nearing the 30th anniversary of a life without... read more

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Top 25 Women Deserving Clemency

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No. 21 Pauline Blake

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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.

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Prison silences. Imprisoned men and women are barely real to most free people. The Clemency Report aims to change that.


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2) To correct unduly severe sentences.
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  1. Bernard Briscoe has served way more than enough time for a NON VIOLENT crime!


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