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CRACK OPEN THE DOOR is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that fights for those who have been sentenced to Life without parole for nonviolent drug crimes in the federal system. CRACK OPEN THE DOOR advocates for federal sentencing reform, and to work as a voice for those who have fell victim to the War On Drugs. One of those voices belongs to Jason Hernandez 07056-078, sentenced to life in prison, who had the idea not to only help himself but all with life sentences for nonviolent drug crimes, and created CRACK OPEN THE DOOR. On December 19,2013 President Obama granted Jason clemency, he is now home with his family.
Co-founder Stevie Hernandez
Jason Hernandez was sentenced to life without parole for a nonviolent drug crime in 1998 at the age of 21. While incarcerated Jason learned federal law and litigated his own appeals but to no avail. He became what is known as a "jailhouse attorney," litigating on the behalf of other inmates. While in prison Jason also started the grassroots organization Crack Open The Door, which advocates for nonviolent crack cocaine offenders serving life without parole.
In 2012, Jason Hernandez, without the help of an attorney, filed a petition for clemency. On December 19, 2013, President Obama commuted Jason's sentence to twenty years. He was one of the first individuals granted clemency by President Obama: known as the "Obama 8"
Jason was 38 when he was released on August 11, 2015. Since his release, he has mentored formerly incarcerated youth at Cafe Momentum, a nonprofit restaurant in Dallas. He continues to mentor youth in his hometown of McKinney, Tx. Jason also advocates for nonviolent drug offenders serving life; helps prisoners and their families with the clemency process; has written about criminal justice reform for Fusion, Huffington Post and other outlets; He also speaks at schools, juvenile detention centers, courthouses, and colleges. He also works as Program Developer and Youth Outreach for the non-profit organization Grace to Grow.
Jason's past experiences, remarkable transition and insight has made him a valuable asset and source of information for families, advocacy groups, judicial and public officials.