HB 978 Speech

Team Green we Jeff needs your help on March 4th at 8am Corrections Committee House Hearing Room 5.  If you are interested in testifying on support of the bill, please call Shamed Dogan's office at 573-751-4392.

Committee: Corrections
Date: Wednesday, March 04, 2015    
Time: 8:00 AM    
Location: House Hearing Room 5

Good news State Representative Shamed Dogan announced:  there will be a hearing on my bill to free Jeff Mizanskey next week! It will be heard by the Committee on Corrections, chaired by Rep. Paul Fitzwater, next Wednesday March 4 at 8:00 am. If you are interested in testifying in support of my bill, please call my office at 573-751-4392. I also encourage you to thank Rep. Fitzwater for holding the hearing on the bill so quickly! His number is 573-751-2112.

HB 978

Hearing Schedule for HB 978 ~ Requires the Board of Probation and Parole to authorize the release of any offender who is incarcerated on August 28, 2015 and who is serving a life sentence without parole for marijuana offenses.


HB 978 Speech-

Hello, my name is Adela Falk and I reside in Williamsburg. I want to thank all you on the Committee on Corrections- especially Rep. Fitzwater for holding the hearing on this bill so quickly  and Rep. Dogan for putting  for HB 978 together.

Jeff is serving a life without parole sentence for a non-violent repeat offender cannabis only crime. He has applied for clemency however, the governor has failed to act.

As of December 19, 2014 Jeff has served 21 years in Jefferson City Correctional Center. It currently cost taxpayers $57.18 a day to house Jeff not including his medical expenses. Considering Jeff is 61 years old his medical cost will continue to increase thus so, will the cost of housing Jeff.  As of date $436,905 has been paid by taxpayers to keep Jeff incarcerated.
---------------  The math: 57*365 = 20, 805 * 21 = 436,905

Jeff received his High School Equivalency Certificate in Illinois in 1974.  He joined the Air Force in 1975 and was honorably discharged in 1977 as a SGT. While in the Airforce he was a construction equipment operator, tractor operator,  and a crane operator  - He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and  Air Force Good Conduct Medal.

Prior, to Jeff’s arrest he owned and operated a shop that specialized in fixing heavy equipment. He ran a business, he had employees, paid taxes, he was a productive member of society. He had a wife and children and purchased a house. We worked 5-7 days a week taking care of his family.

Now Jeff still works at a shop in prison making $ .71 cents an hour. He makes desk, tables, and nurse stations that the prison then sells. Like in the air-force Jeff while  in prison continues to earn awards and certificates- from The Intensive Therapeutic Community ---such certificates include--
Expediter Crew Coordinator, Service Crew Coordinator, Senior Coordinator.
Criminality Class , Impact of crimes on victims class.

Winners Circle award for a total of one year 8,640 hours of holistic treatment focusing on recovery from criminal thinking and addiction.
Alternatives to violence, Commitment to change errors in thinking.
ITC 12 week course in anger management  and a Self Esteem Class.

Jeff has children, grand-children, a family, lots of  friends in Missouri that want him home. He has supporters nationwide that want justice for Jeff. Jeff has got media attention from CNN, Riverfront Times, Show me Cannabis, Huffington Post, High Times, CBS St.Louis and other local news, as well as civil rights groups,  and cannabis activists- Jeff will continue to gather support as more and more states legalized or approve medical marijuana.


Jeff has served his time for the cannabis crime  he has committed. Please, in the interest of justice I am asking you to pass this bill and release Jeff.

Thank you,

Adela Falk


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