IF A NATIONS VALUES AND IDENITY WERE JUDGED BY ITS JUSTICE SYSTEM
WHAT WOULD OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM SAY ABOUT US AS A NATION ?
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.
Jason Hernandez is is the first Hispanic to receive clemency from the President of the United States Barack Obama: wherein his sentence of Life without parole plus, for a nonviolent drug crime, was reduced to twenty years.. Ultimately, Jason was incarcerated at the age of 21 up until he turned 38.
Jason also, while incarcerated, founded the grass-roots sentencing reform group called Crack Open The Door: which advocates for the eventual release of first-time, non-violent crack cocaine offenders serving life without parole (crackopenthedoor.com)
He currently works at a non-profit restaurant and culinary training facility in Downtown Dallas named Cafe Momentum which provides a job, intensive culinary skills, life skills, and other support for at-risk youth who have been incarcerated in juvenile facilities. Jason eventually wishes to start a non-profit aimed at bettering the lives of single parent Hispanic mothers and single parent children
Jason has appeared in Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, Democracy Now, among other media outlets.
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"I'm constantly asked do I regret not cooperating. And I tell them 'My mistake has nothing to do with not cooperating, my mistake was getting involved with drugs.' And I say this because I never realized the decisions I made at such a young age could have such a drastic impact, even to this date, on my family, friends, and my neighborhood. Cooperating could have never mended these wrongs. I deserve to be in prison. For the rest of my life? I'm in no position to say. I'm sure there are people who could argue either for or against my sentence. I can say for certain, however, that I am a changed man from that boy who was arrested 15 years ago. And I wish only to be given a second chance at life to raise my son (Estevan, age 15), be with my family, and give back to the community I took so much from." Jason Hernandez