This petition is to show support for
Justin Granier and his release from prison. Having to serve a life
sentence without the possibility of parole for a murder he did not
commit is cruel, inhumane, and unjust. He should not be held accountable
for the actions of another, to do so is illogical and unconstitutional.
He has taken responsibility for his actions and has served more than
enough time. It's time to set Justin free!  A life sentence is far
too harsh and offers no incentive to be or do better, yet Justin has
taken advantage of every opportunity afforded him for educational,
spiritual, and personal growth. And along the way he has become a mentor
to the youth, a minister to the lost, and a volunteer for the dying. He
pours himself into the lives of others making his community a better
place. We need and want him free impacting our society with the same
selfless acts!  Incarceration is suppose to serve as a mechanism for personal repentance and rehabilitation,
not to warehouse citizens for making a poor choice in life.  There is a
huge difference between a criminal and an individual  that has made a
poor decision. The majority of those serving life sentences for second
degree murder in Louisiana are first offenders. Yet because of mandatory
sentences of life without parole there is no distinction between the
two and no consideration of mitigating factors. Mandatory life sentences
should be abolished for first offenders convicted of second degree
murder. Especially for those like Justin who didn't even commit the act.  It's time to fix Louisiana's broken criminal justice
system and harsh sentencing schemes. Louisiana's laws should align with
the rest of the nation. Thus we support an extreme reconstruction of
Louisiana criminal law. We support the release of Justin Granier and all efforts towards this goal!!!


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