Mary Diaz and Human Conflicts Organization demand more pardons and paroles, especially among inmates who have served their minimum sentences every Friday at 3pmEST. Call-in at (347)857.3293. They also demand compassionate releases for sick and elderly inmates, relief from excessive sentencing, and new trials for people with late-arriving evidence of innocence.
Diaz reports that inmates are imprisoned for years and even decades beyond their minimum sentences and that paroles are sometimes being revoked on false allegations. For instance, one man's parole was revoked based on the falsehood that he had moved without giving the Florida DOC a new address, when the man had not moved. He was working for a hotel company doing heating and air repairs and would often need to stay out of town. He presented proof that he had not moved by receipts from utility companes and affidavits from his neighbors, but apparently the prison needed someone with his skills as a free laborer. The man is now 74 years of age and had been released from prison for 19 years, living a peaceful, productive life but was re-imprisoned based on a lie and a fraud on taxpayers who pay roughly $20,000 per year to imprison this innocent man.
The Pardons and Paroles Board often rejects parole for inmates without giving any reason having to do with community safety. Americans pay over $100 billion to warehouse prisoners, most of whom are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses, which boosts prison profits for private prison investors in government positions, including legislators, Justice Department personnel, judges, prosecutors, crime lab technicians, pardons and parole board members, and even defense attorneys. Stop conflicts of interest by demanding that nobody who works in criminal justice positions or their spouses and children may own private prison stock.
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