Life for Pot - Release Nonviolent Drug Offenders OFFERS A SUGGESTION FOR CLEMENCY
To: President Barack Obama
Attorney General Eric Holder
Deputy Attorney General James Cole
A SUGGESTION FOR ADDRESSING OUR PROPENSITY FOR OVERINCARCERATION: CLEMENCY AND THE WAR ON DRUGS
Grant a systemic or group Presidential Clemency to a unique category of nonviolent federal inmates. This group would be nonviolent drug offenders serving sentences of life without parole or de facto life without parole.
Model this clemency on the clemency granted by President Gerald Ford and President Jimmy Carter who gave clemency to those who had violated the Selective Service Act during the War in Viet Nam. The War on Drugs has been an equally divisive war imprisoning a generation of men and women.
THIS SITE WILL FEATURE NON-VIOLENT MARIJUANA PRISONERS WITH SENTENCES OF LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE It is a common belief that there are no non-violent, marijuana offenders serving sentences of Life Without Parole in the United States. Even though most people believe that this does not happen, at the other end of the spectrum there are many who believe that this category of inmates may be in the hundreds of thousands
It costs $ 72,000.00 per year to keep senior non-violent marijuana inmates in federal prison $ 40,000.00 WILL BE SPENT EACH YEAR to incarcerate younger non-violent, marijuana only offenders in Federal Prison for the rest of their lives
This is a list of Federal Non-Violent Marijuana Inmates serving sentences of Life Without Parole
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SERVING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR A NON-VIOLENT MARIJUANA OFFENSE, PLEASE CONTACT US AND TELL US YOUR STORY!!! contact us
Life without parole is not frequently given for marijuana-only non-violent offenses. We believe that the individuals spotlighted here are the victims of CHARGING DISPARITY.
NOTE THE DISPARITY OF CHARGING AND SENTENCING IN THESE CASES. IT MAY ALSO BE NOTED THE CIRCUIT WHERE THESE DEFENDANTS WERE CHARGED
CLICK ON INMATES PICTURE TO SEE THEIR STORY The first 8 inmates are all over 60 years of age and have served over 16 years of a sentence of life without parole for non-violent, marijuana offenses. All were charged with conspiracy and seven went to trial.
THESE MEN ARE FEDERAL INMATES WHO HAVE RECEIVED SENTENCES OF LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR NON-VIOLENT MARIJUANA OFFENSES
John Knock click picture for profile
John Knock Allenwood USP 11th Circuit John has been in prison since 1996. He was incarcerated without parole from the time of his arrest in 1996 this his sentencing in Jan. 2001. John has completed many courses since his incarceration. Since 2003 he has been a mentor helping inmates adjust to incarceration and counseled on use of time and productivity. 2006 John entered the Mentor Program for the challenge program. John Teaches and develops ACE continuing education classes. John is a steady calming presence for many younger inmates.
He has developed and taught classes dealing with alternative building and living techniques. These courses are taught with the theme Simple is better. Material is based on small dwellings and green building. He develops and organizes the curriculum. John assists teaching four PE conditioning classes: Swiss Ball, Flexibility and Agility, Plyo Medicine Ball, Over 50 + Cardio and Strength, and Spin Class. John teaches Yoga Class
Paul Free, 42235-198, USP, Atwater, Atwater, CA 6th Circuit Paul has taken many courses since entering the prison system. He has completed writing classes writing esssays and short stories. He has taken US History, World History, Intro to Latin Culture, Legal Research, Microsoft Office and Word Excel.
Paul Free is a 62 year old inmate who has been in prison for 18 years. This is his story.
Paul received his BS in Biology from SDSU. He has taught GED classes and had the highest % of successful graduated in the prison system. He has had special satisfaction teaching older inmates to read.
Larry Ronald Duke 40734-019 Jesup FCI, Jesup, GA 11th Circuit Larry Duke has been incarcerated for 24 years. He is a non-violent marijuana only offender with a sentence of life without parole. Larry has continued his interest in tinkering and creating and problem solving during his time in prison. He has been told that he is the only federal prisoner who currently holds a US patent.
Larry is also one of the few life without parole inmates who is a decorated Viet Nam combat veteran. He served with Delta Company 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment 1965-1966. Larry served his country with honor and distinction.
William Dekle 04327-018 USP Big Sandy Inez, KY 41224 11th Circuit Florida Billy Dekle has completed many valuable educational courses since his incarceration. Among the many courses are microsoft office, finance, english, computer concepts U.S.P.O. and various physical fitness programs.
Billy is 62 and has been incarcerated for over 20 years for a non-violent, marijuana only offense. He was born in Gainesville. FL in 1949 and grew up on a farm on New River. He attended Lake City Community College. Billy has many supporters working for his release and reform of sentencing laws.
Charles Fred Cundiff
Charles (Fred) Cundiff 09400-017 Coleman FCI Med 11th Circuit -
Sentenced to life without parole for a non-violent, marijuana only offense in the 11th Circuit in 1992. Charles is 66 years of age and has been in prison for 21 years. He has three children, 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
As an inmate, Charles worked for Unicor for 12 years. Prior to being incarcerated he had many jobs: managing a stereo store, construction, mortgage solicitor, construction and working at a plant nursery.
Charles is presently suffering from multiple physical ailments: Dropped foot and shrunken leg due to arthritis and back surgery, disintegration of orbital bone from a sinus infection, skin cancer, and vision problems. Most of his energy at this time is spent trying to get adequate medical card.
Claude Louis Duboc 01434-112 Tucson USP, Tucson, AZ 11th Circuit Northern Dist. of Florida
Claude Duboc is a French National who has been incarcerated since 1994. Claude has applied to be repatriated back to France as provided for in the French/Americo Prisoner Transfer Treaty. He submitted his third application for transfer in September of 2010. He has been denied twice and may apply every two years. The Ministere de la Justice Francaise has sent a letter to repatriate him, but the US Government has not complied.
Profile: Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Post-Graduate: Masters in Economics: London School of Economics - supplemented with summer courses at the Sorbonne (Paris). Within USP-Tucson he has taught French for Beginners, Middle Proficiency, and Advanced French classes. Advises on an ad hoc basis questions of Economics when called upon.
Craig Cesal 11th Circuit FCI Greenville Greenville IL
Craig has been incarcerated since 2002 for a non-violent marijuana offense. He had one prior conviction in 1981 when he was in college. This prior was for trespassing when he went into a bar with beer and it was a misdemeanor.
Craig owned Cesal Products, Inc. His business was located in Chicago and he had always lived in the Chicago metropolitan area. Craig was tried and sentenced to life without parole in the 11th Circuit. He received life without parole because of a series of attorney mis-steps and misunderstandings. It will be instructive to read his Petition for Clemency.
Michael Pelletier 11109-035 1st Circuit USP Terre Houte, IN
Michael has been confined to a wheelchair since chilehood. In 2008 he was sentenced to Life Without Parole. He is the fourth child of ten born to Alphy and Dorothy Pelletier. He is 55 years of age.
When Michael was 11 years old he was run over by a tractor while working on his father's potatato farm. He was paralyzed and has been a level T-7 paraplegic since that time. Michal was always described as very bright and extremely well liked. Michael's father is 85 years of age and served in WWII. He has two sisters who served in the Marines.
Michael was sentenced to LWP for a non-violent marijuana only offense in the Federal Court in Maine.
His trial was in 2008 and he received the sentencing enhancement for exercising his right to trial rather than accepting a plea.
Prior to being sentenced, Michael was a Certified Watchmaker who received his certification from the Bulova School of Watchmaking. He was also a Certified Diamond Setter.
In prison Michael spends his time oil painting, shooting pool, playing chess and the guitar. Michael is hoping to begin a writing project. His family misses him.
Andrew Cox 89487-020 USP Lee Jonesville, VA 11th Circuit
Andrew was Tried in the 11th Circuit in 2008. He was sentenced to life without parole as a Non-Violent,Marijuana only offender. He had two prior minor manrijuana only offenses. Both ot these were also non-violent. This was a conspiracy case. Andrew was a Fire Fighter and owned several businesses: restaurant, used car lot, gas station, trucking company, and wholesale warehouse.
In 2008 Andrew went to trial. A witness told the Agents that all the marijuana belonged to Andrew. Andrew had a wife and three children aged 17, 15 and twelve. He lived in a small town in the mountains of Northeast Georgia. He still has appeals.
Andrew plays handball, runs, and makes leather crafts.
Ruben was charged on August 18, 2992 with a non-violent, marijuana only conspiracy. In December of 2004, he went to trial and was acquited of count 2 importation and count 4. In April of 2005 Ruben was tried on count 1 conspiracy and count 3 money laundering.
The jury in this trial found him guilty of these two counts. Cooperating witnesses for the government testified that they could not identify Ruben and did not know him. Ruben's attorney was not engaged and did not put on a defense before the jury.
Hector Ruben McGurk was the owner of a small independent trucking company in El Paso Texas.
Albert Madrid 28765-086 Herlong FCI, Herlong, CA. 96113 11th Circuit Northern Dist of Florida
Albert was tried in the Northern District of Florida in 2000. He was sentenced to Life without parole by Judge Maurice Paul. Albert is a non-violent, marijuana only offender.
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Albert has a loving family. He has a mother and two brothers who wait for his return.
FEDERAL NON-VIOLENT, MARIJUANA PRISONERS WITH DE FACTO LIFE SENTENCES
Maurice Foley 20211-068 Atwater USP, Atwater, CA. 92301
The picture is of Maurice and his Dad. His father is 73 years old and would like to have his son home. He is 39 years old. Maurice was sentenced to 27 1/2 years for a marijuana only offense in April of 2003. He is working on a bachelor's degree in sociology and has completed 29 college credits.
Prior to his incarceration, Maurice worked at the family owned racetrack in Pennsylvania. He worked in maintenance and general operations. All of his co-defendants received between 8 months and 7 years. He was sentenced to 27 1/2 years.
Craig W Frazier
Craig W Frazier 09182 - 046 Victorville Med II FCI, Adelanto, CA. 92301 Craig is 44 years old and has a de facto life sentence as a non-violent, marijuana only offender. Craig was sentenced to 40 years in Federal Prison, and his projected release is 2042. He did not accept a plea, but opted to exercise his right to trial.
Craig was born in Great Falls Montana. He has three children, a daughter and two sons. He has a brother and sister and lots of supportive family and friends. Prior to his conviction, Craig worked in the catering business catering for conventions. He is in good health, and has good conduct reports.
THESE NON-VIOLENT, MARIJUANA OFFENDERS WERE CONVICTED IN STATE JURISDICTIONS AND GIVEN SENTENCES OF LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE OR DEFACTO LIFE SENTENCES
Jeff Mizanskey has been in prison for 20 years with no possibility of parole. Here are some links to his story.
Richard DeLisi District State Court Bartow, Florida ID # 087624 Belle Glades Correctional Institution Belle Glades, FL. 33430 Richard has three children and one brother. He was sentenceed for conspiracy to traffic in marijuana. There was no violence associated with his crime. He received three consecutive 30 year sentences. This is a 90 year de facto life sentence.
Richard was sentenced beyond the guidelines of the crime. Guidelines are 12 to 17 years. He is in poor health and is 62 years of age. Richard occupies his time in prison taking classes from Cabinet Making to Bibile Study to Self Improvement Programs.
Ramon Demetreus Brown
This year Ramon Demetreus Brown, age 42,
received the sentence of life for a non-violent
marijuana only offense. He was convicted in
the state of Alabama. The arrest was made in
We do not have any contact information for Demetreus, but the article about his sentenced can be found at this link: Dothan Eagle
This story has a happier ending. Cornell Hood the Slidell man sentenced to life for pot was recharged and two charges were dropped. He was resentenced to 25 years - still outrageous - but he will be elegible for parole.
These Federal Inmates Received Life without Parole as non-violent Drug Offenders
Kenny Kubinski click picture for profile
Kenny Kubinski, 14425-056, FCI Bennetsville, Bennetsville, SC 4th Circuir North Carolina Kenny has been in prison since 1993, and was tried and sentenced in 1994. He has no incident reports in his 19 years in prison. Kenny is a Viet Nam War Hero and has been featured in Prison Fellowship Ministry Journal. He has three purple hearts and a bronze star. Kenny and his wife were active members of their farm community and church.
Kenny's wife was on the board of the American Diabetes Association. He provided jobs in his construction business, and donated time and landscaping to Habitat for Humanity.
Kenny is working on a Restorative Justice Project to help others who are being released. He is finding mentors and working with the BOP in developing a program that will identify those deserving inmates who are most likely not to be recidivate.
George Martorano click picture for George's web site
George Martorano 12973-004, FCI Coleman, Coleman, FL. 3rd Circuit Pennsylvania
George is serving his 26th year of a life sentence. George has written and published extensively since his incarceration. He has a published book about growing up in his Italian- American neighborhood in Philadelphia. He writes essays and poetry,
Eugene was resentenced from life without parole to time served
He was released July 16, 2012!
Eugene Fischer 32904-004, Buntner Med II FCI, Buntner, NC 7th Circuit Illinois Eugene is 68 years old. He received a BA from Farleigh Dickinson University where he was student council president. He joined the Peace Corp and worked in the Barrios in Venezuela. When he returned he worked in the jState Department and was the youngest Capital Development officer with the USAID in Nicaragua. He left to work as a securities analyst in New York.
Eugene and family moved to Florida where he started a data processing business and a ship brokerage firm. He has been in prison for 21 years.
While in prison Eugene has completed a masters degree in Economics from Antioch. Eugene teaches writing and has written screen plays, poetry and essays. He is a strong Catholic and his faith has sustained him.
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