(INSERT DATE HERE)
Robert Zauzmer, Pardon Attorney
145 N Street N.E. Room 5E.508
Washington, D.C. 20530
Re: Case No. C179006
Dear Mr. Zauzmer,
I am writing to respectfully ask that you grant clemency to federal prisoner Paul Free (42235-198, Case No. C179006). Paul is sentenced to Life Without Parole for a nonviolent marijuana conspiracy offense. He has been incarcerated since 1994 and he is currently 65 years old. Warehousing away a nonviolent prisoner, now a senior citizen, until he dies cannot possibly be in the best interest of society or justice.
Paul has had an impeccable record while incarcerated with no disciplinary actions. Paul has used the last two decades he has spent behind bars to better himself, despite the fact he is sentenced to remain in prison until he dies. He has completed numerous educational programs and certifications. He has taught other inmates to read and helped them get their high school diplomas and assisted them with legal filings. Paul Free has always maintained jobs, even in the prison. He currently works as the visitor’s room photographer at Atwater USP, a privilege only allowed to inmates with no violence in their history and perfect prison records.
Paul’s only prior offense was a nonviolent marijuana trafficking offense, for which he served 3 years. Despite the fact that many states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and some even for recreational use, Paul Free is sentenced to die in prison for a conspiracy to distribute that substance unless you grant him compassion and give this man, now a senior citizen, another chance at life.
Paul is in need of medical attention, having been diagnosed with number of skin cancers that have gone untreated for several years. He suffered a minor stroke a few years back, and recently suffered a bout of pneumonia.
Paul Free has family and friends who care about him and miss him and who will help him with a smooth transition back into society. He has many skills and he even has offers of employment upon his release. Releasing a previously productive member of society, whose crime involved no violence and no victims. would not only benefit Paul Free and the people 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 behind bars until he dies.
Aside from Paul, everyone else involved in his case has long been released. If he were sentenced today he could not receive a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Please show Paul Free compassion and allow him to return to live the remainder of his life as a free man.
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