This website is created and maintained by The Family & Friends Committee to Free Josh Puckett. The committee is dedicated volunteer advocates for Joshua Puckett.
The Simple truth is that, without your support, Josh will die in prison. By assisting before and after a drive-by shooting (which he thought was to target an abandoned building), Josh was found guilty of 1st Degree Murder, despite key facts:
* Josh was not the shooter;
* Josh was not in the car that the shots originated from;
* Josh was was unaffiliated with the gang responsible for shooting,
Josh finds himself having completed nearly 16 years of a sentence of Life without the Possiblility of Parole.
An application to commute Joshua Puckett’s (MDOC #250645) life sentence will be submitted soon. The Family & Friends Committee to Free Josh Puckett is campaigning for Joshua’s release and would like to garner your support. It is with respect to these efforts we are reaching out to you today.
What We are Asking:
- Sign the Petition or start petition your own.
- Donate to the redemption fund to help keep our fight alive.
- Become a member of our committee by donating your time and skills. WE NEED YOUR HELP! The family and Friends Committee to Free Josh Puckett is building the Redemption team. We are searching for new members with with a variety of skills, time to spare, and a willingness to reach out to the public on behalf of the committee to gain support to Josh's redemption.
- Spread the Word:
- Post a link to www.freejoshpuckett.com to your Facebook page
- Tell your friends
- Tell us about a potential supporter or advocacy groups
The information contained in this website will educate you on the crime (in brief), Joshua’s commitment to personal development, Joshua’s plans for reentry, our committee’s involvement and expose you to some of those who have already furnished their support.
It is our sincere hope this summary inspires you to support Joshua’s redemption, our committee’s promise and join our growing network of supporters by either signing our letter of support or comprising one of your own.
If you just thing you may have information and/or contacts that could help us grow our public support, or know someone who could help, please contact us and pass on your information and leads.
See the 10-15 year plea agreement offered to Josh in exchange for his testimony... deal he denied, fearing the ramifications of going to prison a "snitch".
Network of Support:
“I hope that you will give Mr. Puckett’s commutation request serious consideration.”
– Senator Martha G. Scott to Governor Jennifer Granholm, June 2010 read complete letter...
“I hope that you can see as I do the changes in Joshua Puckett, now at 34 from the kid he was at 19 when he went in. Know that he really does have a place in the outside world and that he is ready to begin a new life as a changed free man.” - Brian Alexander read complete letter..
“…I am asking that you commute his sentence for several reasons. Joshua is not a danger or threat to society. The length of his sentence is not in alignment with his role in the crime. The money spent on incarceration – just under $36,000 a year could be better spent given the current economic realities in Michigan.”
- Reverend Richard Beatty, Renaissance Unity Church read complete letter..
“He [Joshua] has changed. During his imprisonment he has worked to better himself academically, personally, spiritually and is ready to be a productive citizen.”
- Cindy Perri, Joshua’s Life Coach read complete letter..
“He [Joshua] has received his GED, horticulture certificate, greenhouse management certificate, computer training, was block representative and worked as a clerk in several facilities. He has also volunteered his time for charitable causes and coached hockey.”
- Kathleen Baker read complete letter here...
“As a church community, we at Renaissance Unity, support reentry into the mainstream society and most certainly welcome the opportunity for Mr. Joshua Puckett to volunteer for our organization. I understand that he works in the gardening area at the prisons he has been in; and we have a lot of property that includes several gardens where he could work among the trees, scrubs, and flowers.”
- Reverend Sandy Hess, Renaissance Unity Church read complete letter..
“Since his incarceration in 1995 I have listened to Josh tell of his pain and regret. I have in fact visited with him many times and listened to him talk of how sorry he is for happened and how he wants to make the world a better place. He has deep regret for the tragedy and wants to make it right.”
- Tracy Barone read complete letter..
“I ask for the release of Josh Puckett, not because his difficult childhood absolves any bad decisions he would make as an adult, but because Josh has found peace in the 15 years he has served for the crime he committed and he has shown that he has matured significantly.”
- Christine Ryan read complete letter..
What is Commutation?
The State of Michigan has begun seriously considering the release of some of its indeterminate and lifer inmates due to prison overcrowding, budget constraints and a number of other motivating factors. Many commutations have already been considered and the inmates released. continue reading...
The Friends & Family Committee to Free Josh Puckett:
Our commitment to Joshua’s freedom doesn’t stop upon his release! The Family & Friends Committee to Free Josh Puckett is dedicated to ensuring Joshua’s successful transition back into society. We understand that being champions for his release comes with an obligation to the public. We are all fully prepared to support, guide, educate and otherwise assist Joshua to make certain he experiences personal victories. Additionally, Joshua’s commitment to his community is ours by virtue; we will be there to make certain he has the tools to triumph his pledge to his community.