Since his arrest, Ross has been steadfastly supported by his family and friends, as well as by many across the political spectrum. There is a growing, global consensus that Ross’s case is a miscarriage of justice that needs to be remedied. Close to 100 eminent organizations and individuals have voiced their support, including the criminal justice reform, technology, blockchain and liberty communities. His recent petition for clemency gained 60,000 signers in its first month, and now has nearly 160,000.
“Pardoning Ross is all upside for @realDonaldTrump with zero loss of support. It would be the smartest investment of his presidency.” – Mike Cernovich
“What has Ross Ulbricht, a nonviolent, first-time offender and Eagle Scout done to deserve a sentence more severe than many murderers receive?…He was convicted after an investigation and trial marred by serious prosecutorial misconduct.”– Mark Nestmann
“Free Ross! We need that guy in the economy. That’s all there is to it. He is clearly one of the great entrepreneurs in the world. He should be pardoned, he should get out of jail.”– Tim Draper
“I am in full support of Ross Ulbricht’s petition for commutation of sentence. A multiple-life sentence for a nonviolent crime is a great injustice…I urge the President to commute sentences like the double-life sentence Ross is serving.”– Michael Santos
“Whatever you think of Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, creator of Silk Road, does not deserve a life sentence without the possibility of parole.”– Charlie Lee
“A double life sentence for a non-violent crime: unwarranted, egregious, and completely over-the-top. Ross, we love you and pray for your quick release back into free society. President Trump, you must pardon this young man, he has so much to offer!”– Hershel Nunez, Jr
American Conservative Union Foundation Center for Criminal Justice Reform (ACUF) - Informs and mobilizes public support for criminal justice reforms based on conservative principles, and to work with government officials to effectively implement those reforms. Joined NLG's amicus brief in support of Ross’s Supreme Court petition.
Buried Alive Project - A non-profit organization that works to raise awareness and help eliminate life without parole sentences for federal drug offenses through transformative legislation and litigation.
CAN-DO Foundation - A non-profit foundation that advocates Clemency for All Non-violent Drug Offenders. Committed to educating the public about the conspiracy law and mandatory minimums, and providing support to those incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses.
DownsizeDC.org - Advocacy group supporting the Zero Aggression Principle and legislation that reduces excessive force and ending prohibition. Joined Downsize DC’s amicus brief supporting Ross’s Supreme Court petition.
Downsize DC Foundation - Policy advocacy organization which aims to limit the size of the U.S. government in the United States through awareness and petitioning. Submitted an amicus brief supporting Ross’s Supreme Court petition.
Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) - Organization dedicated to ending the American "War on Drugs", whose mission is to advance policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition. Submitted two amicus briefs supporting Ross’s fight, one to the Second Circuit, one to the Supreme Court.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums(FAMM) - Advocates for smart sentencing laws that protect public safety, and has been responsible for policy changes that have eliminated and reformed mandatory minimum prison sentences for thousands of individuals.
John McAfee - Libertarian Candidate for President of the United States. World-famous computer scientist and developer of the first commercial anti-virus software program. Pledged to pardon Ross if elected.
Ladies of Liberty Alliance(LOLA) - Educational organization with the mission of educating and empowering female leaders within the liberty movement and spreading the ideas of individual liberty and free markets.
Law Enforcement Action Partnership(LEAP) - Nonprofit group of current and former police, judges, prosecutors and other criminal justice professionals who use their expertise to advance drug policy and criminal justice solutions that enhance public safety. Joined DPA’s amicus brief supporting Ross’s appeal to the Second Circuit and DPA's amicus brief supporting Ross's Supreme Court petition.
National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms - Coalition of national and local organizations and prominent individuals, whose mission is to educate about the erosion of civil and political freedoms and prisoner abuses within the U.S. criminal justice system. Joined NLG's amicus brief in support of Ross’s Supreme Court petition.
Parallel Polis - Czech Republic think tank focused on the promotion of digital freedom and free markets. Based on the writings of Vaclav Benda, Czech dissident during the height of communist domination in Czechoslovakia.
Students for Liberty (SFL) - Largest libertarian student organization in the world whose mission is to educate, develop and empower the next generation of leaders in support of freedom. SFL nominated Ross for alumnus of the year, 2016.