(INSERT DATE HERE)
Robert Zauzmer, Pardon Attorney
145 N Street N.E. Room 5E.508
Washington, D.C. 20530
Re: Case no. 179969
Dear Mr. Zauzmer,
I am writing to ask that you grant clemency to federal prisoner Andrew Cox (89487-020). Andrew is sentenced to Life Without Parole for a nonviolent marijuana conspiracy cultivation offense and has been incarcerated since 2008. While many states have legalized marijuana for medicinal and in some case, recreational, purposes, Andrew Cox is sentenced to remain behind bars until he dies for growing this same plant. It is hard to understand how the public is served by warehousing away a nonviolent man, for the rest of his natural life, with no chance of redemption, because the courts found that he grew marijuana.
Andrew Cox has been a model prisoner. He has completed many classes and programs while in prison. He currently runs the leather shop at USP Pollock. So proficient are his skills and craftsmanship that other inmates apprentice under his tutelage..
Andrew Cox was a productive member of society at the time of his arrest. He worked hard to take care of his family. He wants nothing more than to have another chance to reunite with the family he loves. Andrew has offers of potential employment upon release. He also has a stable place to live with his mother.
Releasing a productive member of society whose crime involved no violence and no victims would not only benefit Andrew Cox and the family and friends who love him, it would also benefit society at large. It makes no fiscal sense to keep a man, who was never a danger or threat to anyone, locked in prison until he dies.
Aside from Andrew, everyone else involved in his case has long been released and if he were sentenced today he would not have received a sentence of life without possibility of parole. Please show Andrew Cox mercy and allow him to have to chance to live the remainder of his life as a free man and as a productive member of society once again.
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