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Do you believe that in America, a person who has done something wrong still has basic rights that the States and Federal Government should still respect and protect?

The purpose of this petition is to invite all those interested in protecting human rights into the conversation about how Americans treat those who have violated her laws. Do those who are actually guilty deserve humane and just treatment through the trial, sentencing, and during their incarceration? Or is justice for the guilty just something that Americans ask other Countries to give to their citizens, while failing to afford the same to her own.

There is a federal law, Anti-Terrorist-Effective-Death-Penalty-Act (AEDPA), which was seemingly enacted by the Congress and President Clinton with good intentions but which has had adverse results for tens of thousands of inmates, it has sped up the State & Federal Death Penalty, (kill people faster), and places time limits on how long those convicted of crimes have to ask Federal Courts to review their cases for violations by State Courts. Inmates now have a year to file their cases in Federal Court once their State convictions are final.

The outcome has been that some people have had their human and American constitutional rights seriously violated by the States, but based on the AEDPA law Federal Courts are prevented from correcting the harm because they're guilty in part or in whole. So, does that mean that in America if you have made a mistake (committed a crime) that there are no federal/human rights the States must adhere to?

Our objective is to bring international attention to this issue for every inmate going through the American Judicial system that has and or will fall through the cracks of AEDPA. Visit aedpa.realisticreform.com for more details.

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Lesley BennettBy:
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