With less than 5% of the world’s population and 24% of the world’s prison population. The U.S. is the incarceration capital of the world. There are over 2.2 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails — a 500% increase over the past thirty years.



Governor Rick Snyder part of your vision for the state of Michigan and one of your main tenements of governorship is to improve the economy of Michigan while making the state financially sound through appropriate use of taxpayers dollars.

Keeping Rafael a first time non-violent drug offender locked up for 22 years at a cost of $2.5 million dollars will not help the state of Michigan financially or fiscally sound.

Michigan taxpayer know that keeping first time non violent drug offenders on a law that does not exist since 2003 is a ridiculous waste and mismanagement the tax payers money. This becomes an even more glaring misuse of public money when you consider the fact that my brother is a native of the Dominican Republic and can be deported upon the commutation of his sentence, thereby not only saving the prison system millions of dollars, but that he would no longer be a financial burden on the taxpayer upon his release in any way, shape or form.

Instead of spending money in having clean water for its residents, governor Snyder prefer to spend over $2 million dollars to keep Rafael DeJesus in prison.

Rafael DeJesus has gained great educational knowledge and is now qualified to be an asset to society, not a waste to society. Michigan has already spent close to $1,000,000 by incarcerating Rafael for the past 22 years and will spend $2,500,000 more on Rafael’s prison sentence if we don’t stop this vicious cycle called mandatory minimum sentencing.

We implore you to allow Rafael DeJesus to be a productive member of society and don’t waste ANYMORE of the MICHIGAN taxpayers dollars.

Rafael’s life and freedom is in the hands of Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder. Please help us advocate to Governor Snyder to pardon Rafael DeJesus.