My name is Christopher H. Today I stood against the wall crying as another man was given immediate release from the First Step Act. In the fourteen years I’ve served on a 27 year sentence I’ve seen it hundreds of times now. I can’t continue to pretend I’m happy, I’m not — I am crushed. There’s no federal parole, nothing can help me. The last administration let 1700 non-violent offenders like me out but left me behind. I reach to wipe away the tears but there’s no water MY SOUL IS BROKEN FOR FREEDOM. I’m like a beaten dog at the shelter, people will make commercials to adopt that dog but there’s no second chance for me, a non-violent human being — your fellow man — your brother! I’m someone’s friend, father, and son. President Trump I’m asking for your Mercy and a SECOND CHANCE.
— Christopher H.