To the Government of the United States,
We, the undersigned citizens, support relief for Reynolds Wintersmith. He is the only nonviolent juvenile, first-time offender in the United States who is serving a mandatory federal LIFE SENTENCE for a drug offense. He has been in federal prison since 1993. Mr. Wintersmith was just seventeen years old when he joined a drug ring. He was a first-time offender with zero criminal record when he stood before the federal judge who sentenced him to die in prison. He has served 18 years in prison on the life sentence imposed. Without some sentencing relief, there is no chance that Mr. Wintersmith will ever be released.
We the citizens do not advocate the use or sale of illegal drugs in our community. We do recognize that Reynolds Wintersmith made a great mistake and his crime harmed our community. We agree that some punishment was deserved. But life in prison is greater than necessary for a non-violent teenager with no criminal record. We, the community, believe in the power of rehabilitation and maturity in our young people. Reynolds Wintersmith has made exceptional strides to improve himself during his nearly two decades in prison. He has completed many college courses. He is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor as a Teacher’s Aide. He tutors other inmates about how to further their education. He is a certified victim impact counselor. He is a prisoner companion for the federal inmate suicide prevention program. He is a federal community reentry mentor who counsels prisoners about how to be productive members of society when they are released. We believe that it is time for Reynolds Wintersmith to be released, so he can repay his debt to society through restorative and healing work within our community. He has apologized to us and asked that we forgive him. In acceptance, we sign this petition on his behalf today.
We do hereby petition, on behalf of Reynolds Allen Wintersmith, for relief from his life sentence.
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