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Serve 65% of time in prison instead of 85% for non-violent crimes

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  • Mar 5th, 2018
    Dave S. from Gilbert, AZ signed.
  • Mar 5th, 2018
    Brittany W. from Gilbert, AZ writes:
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    There are FAR too many People in State prisons Serving Ridiculous amounts of time for Non Violent Crimes and even some that are first Offenders that could be Contributing to Our society and Economy... Instead WE as tax payers continue to have to Support these offenders. My Mother is in Prison in Arizona for a White Collar crime. It is her First offense, she served our country in the United States Navy and her Sentence is a Ridiculous 3 YEARS! Most people in The Prison System shouldn’t be there... WHY are we forcing these inmates to go through these strenuous Senteces instead of putting them back out into Society to Help our economy instead of Hindering It!?.... Look Around World!
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  • Mar 3rd, 2018
    Arleen B. from Pinellas Park, FL writes:
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    Change the law for non-violent offenders to serve 65% of their time instead of 85%. Make this retroactive, bring families back together. We the families of loved ones in state prison in Florida are also doing the time, Florida needs a drastic change in its sentencing guidelines, now is when listen to your taxpayers 85% to 65% is a must !!!
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  • Mar 1st, 2018
    Christine G. from Sheridan, OR signed.
  • Feb 26th, 2018
    Someone from Fort Lauderdale, FL writes:
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    65% is a must
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  • Feb 23rd, 2018
    Someone from Pearland, TX writes:
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    I totally agree ! Vouching for my father . A non violent offender himself . There’s murders rapist thieves etc. who roam the streets daily harming innocent people yet they’re completely looked over !
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  • Feb 17th, 2018
    Someone from Columbia, SC writes:
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    It’s time for a change. These men need a second chance at life and especially nonviolent offenders. Prison is what turns a nonviolent person into a violent one. A lot of inmates are locked up for long years over something they did wrong as a youngster and have now grown up and ready for a second chance. They mature and outgrow and learn from mistakes. Everyone deserves a second chance
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  • Feb 16th, 2018
    Anna R. from Oceano, CA writes:
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    Did they law pass?
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  • Feb 14th, 2018
    David M. from Gilbert, AZ writes:
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    Has this passed?!?!
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  • Jan 31st, 2018
    Kari W. from Melbourne, FL writes:
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    I absolutely agree. Why waste government/state money on good people that might have made one bad decision? The justice system has very little justice... the persons character, their history, circumstances, and intent are hardly even considered, if at all, it's all a numbers game and offenders are not treated as people. The sentences are set up to punish rather than educate and rehabilitate. Why not use that money elsewhere and let good men and women, who made one mistake, go back to their families and go back to being productive members of society.
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  • Jan 14th, 2018
    Lorraine M. from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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    I totally agree ...punish them who rape molest children ...murders etc ...give others an opportunity to cone out n start a new life ..everyone deserves a chance especially when its there first time in prison
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  • Jan 14th, 2018
    Lorraine M. from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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    I totally agree ...punish them who rape molest children ...murders etc ...give others an opportunity to cone out n start a new life ..everyone deserves a chance especially when its there first time in prison
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  • Jan 14th, 2018
    Lorraine M. from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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    I totally agree ...punish them who rape molest children ...murders etc ...give others an opportunity to cone out n start a new life ..everyone deserves a chance especially when its there first time in prison
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  • Jan 14th, 2018
    Someone from Whittier, CA writes:
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    I agree, you allow murders, child molesters and rapists to walk free with less time. It's crazy the way the law works and someone who steals food in a grocery stole gets more time in prison to you robbery is worse than someone being murdered. All crimes are bad but I just think the laws need to be revamped, the health care of inmates is ridiculous especially in Arizona so many inmates have died in prison they have them living in tents in Florence prison with serious medical conditions. It's crazy. They don't have the funding to take care of them medically but want to keep them incarerated they are people they are someone's family. People make mistakes in life find programs to make them better you make them worse in there.
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  • Jan 14th, 2018
    ANGELA T. from Largo, FL signed.
  • Jan 13th, 2018
    Yuni M. from Tampa, FL writes:
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    I agree with this bill they need to be released soon. There are criminals child molestors etc with less time is not fair. I hope this takes effect this year and release these non violent offenders. There families need them. Thank you
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  • Jan 13th, 2018
    Ashley G. from Anderson, SC writes:
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    I agree with this bill to let offenders out early. There are a lot if good people locked up who have learned by their mistakes and need a 2nd chance. Please pass this bill. There are not bear of prison staff to even run and take care if the prisons. They deserve a 2nd chance and their families do also. They do deserve to get out after serving 65% or less. PLEASE help these peopl6. There are A LOT of good people locked up who have learned from their mistakes and they need their lives and families back. Thank you.
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  • Jan 12th, 2018
    Someone from Blackfoot, ID writes:
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    I think it would be a great idea to pass this. What's are county coming. We the people need to stand up and fight for are American kids
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  • Jan 10th, 2018
    Nunii L. from Antioch, CA signed.
  • Jan 8th, 2018
    Carolyn H. from Decatur, TN writes:
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    I think it should be 65 percent. Or even less when someone has never been in trouble and makes a bad mistake. It could change their lives around. Also they should not be jailed at all till they are proven guilty. This locking people up for 30 days then without bond or seeing a judge is wrong ..for non violent. laws has to change to many being jailed that don't belong their. It guilty till proving innocent and that has to change
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  • Jan 8th, 2018
    Carolyn H. from Decatur, TN writes:
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    I think it should be 65 percent. Or even less when someone has never been in trouble and makes a bad mistake. It could change their lives around. Also they should not be jailed at all till they are proven guilty. This locking people up for 30 days then without bond or seeing a judge is wrong ..for non violent. laws has to change to many being jailed that don't belong their. It guilty till proving innocent and that has to change
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  • Jan 8th, 2018
    Sarah M. from SAINT LOUIS, MO writes:
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    No what's not fair is a loved one getting wrongfully convicted of a murder case he didn't commit and getting 13 years
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  • Jan 8th, 2018
    Wilma S. from Fort Smith, AR writes:
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    Non violent and first offenders should not have to serve 85% of there time. How is this going to help anyone? These young people make a mistake and are thrown in prison where they are in danger not only by the other inmates, but by the guards. I don't understand why young people keep going to Florida for Spring Break. Other parents of young people in prison in FL write to me at wilma.shoffner@att.net. We need to band together.
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  • Jan 7th, 2018
    Nora P. from Eure, NC signed.
  • Jan 7th, 2018
    Someone from Hackensack, NJ writes:
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    Prisoners that committ non-violent crimes should be given a second chance. We all make mistakes and God sent his son Jesus to save us. Child molestors, rapists and pedophiles are the worst criminals. They should spend life in prison for destroying the lives and souls of our children. However, they are given less time in prison than non- violent prisoners. We need prison reform and we need it now. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Those in position and power should fo everything humanly possible to make things right.
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  • Jan 6th, 2018
    Someone from Calhoun, TN writes:
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    I agree. Many persons are no threat to the community but have made a bad decision or gotten involved in something that brought them to the BOP and the judicial system no longer has the ability to implement a sentence that fits the person and the crime; instead it is a laundry list for all and nobody, no matter their lifestyle, character or criminal history, has opportunity for correction and a life after.
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  • Jan 4th, 2018
    Jen m. from Wicomico, VA writes:
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    my 17 yr old son sentenced to 99 yrs with all but 12 suspended for non violent crimes stemming from opiate addiction is OUTRAGEOUS!!! SOMEONE PLEASE HELP OUR KIDS!!
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  • Jan 4th, 2018
    Tori H. from Bassett, VA writes:
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    Why is it that non violent inmates get just as much time as a murderer? A child molester gets less time than a petty drug charge
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  • Jan 3rd, 2018
    Jacqueline O. from Austin, TX writes:
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    Please give these young men and women a chance to come home!
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  • Jan 2nd, 2018
    Someone from Harrisonburg, VA writes:
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    I agree that a non-violent offender AND as well as a first time offender should have to serve 65% of their original sentence. That being said, I feel the inmate should have to complete mandatory counseling programs and maintain in excellent behavior status throughout their time served. In addition, the inmate should have to complete a set amount of community service following their release. This will help with reaclimation and rehabilitation.
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  • Jan 1st, 2018
    Someone from Scottsdale, AZ writes:
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    I agree that non v8olent and espec8all5 first time offenders should be granted t8 do 65%. Anf 8f violated should do all of ordered sentence time
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  • Jan 1st, 2018
    Melissa S. from Roswell, NM signed.
  • Dec 30th, 2017
    Someone from Trinidad, CO writes:
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    I believe this should be good for violent offenders also. As we all know most violent crimes are persuaded by drug users, theifs, and perpetrators that cause self defense action, anger, fear which is just the beginning of examples.
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  • Dec 26th, 2017
    Someone from Columbia, SC signed.
  • Dec 26th, 2017
    Someone from Lumberton, NC writes:
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    Non-violent offenders should be able to serve 65% instead of 85%, especially if it is their first offense. Save tax payers money and cut down on over-crowded prison.
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  • Dec 26th, 2017
    Ruth B. from Sanford, FL writes:
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    My son is in the Work Camp prison up in Trenton Florida. He is in Minimum custody. His crime was credit card fraud....the judge gave him 10 years in prison and 20 years probation. He is non-violent, complies with everything they tell him to do....he suffers with CELIAC DISEASE and is constantly breaking out because he has to eat whatever is served or go hungry. My heart breaks for him because he has 2 small children, who he hasn't seen or spoken to for over a year and a half because his wife won't allow it...she moved in with her ex-husband and just wiped him out all together. Everyday he tries to get through the day without breaking down...if he could only see his children or speak to them, it would be so wonderful. My problem is this: He is not violent, he is a first-time offender, he has paid dearly for his crime...so why can't his time be lessened to 65% instead of the 85%? It would be more practical to lessen his time and let him be a father to his children. He is a great carpenter and has gifted hands....such a waste to be locked away and not use any of these talents. He is 50 years old...if he has to serve all 10 years, he will be 60 years old. His duties right now are Gate House Trustee....he has to push a 1,000 pound trash cubicle everyday back and forth and other chores that go with it. He never complains....SO PLEASE CAN YOU SIGN THIS PETITION AND HELP OTHERS LIKE MY SON. SIGNED - A GRIEVING MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER P.S. We never get to see our grandchildren either!
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  • Dec 26th, 2017
    Someone from San Francisco, CA writes:
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    Non-violent offenders should be able to serve 65% instead of 85%, especially if it is their first offense. Save tax payers money and cut down on over-crowded prison.
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  • Dec 26th, 2017
    Someone from Springfield, OH writes:
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    Nonviolent offenders should be given a second chance much sooner than violent offenders. They are not a threat to society or fellow mankind. They made a mistake and should be allowed to become productive citizens much sooner than serving 85% of their sentence. There are violent criminals serving time in state prisons who are released much sooner than nonviolent federal prisoners, which is ridiculous.
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  • Dec 24th, 2017
    Mary K. from Glendale, AZ writes:
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    Non violent offenders shouldn't be taken from there families and prevented from finally improving their lives for so long. It's completely unfair. I will now be giving birth and raising our very first child alone because AZ wants to punish everyone so strictly like this. It's about time for some prison reform that'll actually guide convicts in the right direction. Everyone needs to stop being so greedy. These are human beings. They should never be looked at like a price tag!!
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  • Dec 22nd, 2017
    Someone from Bradenton, FL writes:
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    We need to rehabilitate non-violent offenders and get them back into society as contributing tax payers with constitutional rights restored sooner rather than later.
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