Happy New Year . . Here's to 2020 . . justice, fairness, freedom . .
Updated: Jan 5, 2020
Happy New Year everyone and thank you for visiting Ricky's page.
We are hoping that 2020 brings about a positive change for Ricky and that he is granted relief on his sentence.
We sincerely thank everyone for their help so far, in particular Ricky's Clemency Lawyer for her hard and dedicated work to this point.
Let's look at the uncomfortable facts . .
A staggering 2.3 million people are incarcerated in US, since the 'war on drugs' 40 years ago, incarceration numbers have increased by 500%
A record 1 in every 48 American adults have been, or are currently under custodial supervision.
This is NOT sustainable . . billions of dollars are spent on more cells and higher walls, when these dollars could be better spent on hospitals, schools, infrastructure and rehabilitation. Building more sustainable and closer knit community ties for a more positive future for us all.
Incarceration destroys communities, inmates are forgotten and marginalised, families are torn apart, children left behind are stigmatised, traumatised and often left in financial hardship . . families missing mothers, brothers, fathers, sisters, sons, daughters . .
Before we bang the drum of 'well, they shouldn't have done the crime . . ' please, please, please, don't judge . . don't be a sheep . . please think for yourself . . .
If your dear and truly loved brother, father, sister, husband, friend etc. was in prison . . would you sympathise and reason with their situation while painfully missing them?
Of course you would.
So what about those you don't know . . don't they deserve the same compassion?
We are all capable of great things . . compassion, love, justice and forgiveness . . and these should be virtues that we all strive to achieve excellence in daily.
Do not judge until the day that you are perfect.
We can do better . . and we will. Bring on 2020.
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