Since his arrest, Ross has been steadfastly supported by his family and friends, as well as many across the political spectrum, and the Bitcoin and tech communities. Over 30 organizations and major figures have supported the efforts against the injustice done to him.
His petition for clemency gained 60,000 signers in its first month, and now has over 100,000 signatures.

“We have become overly aggressive with…our criminal justice system in the U.S. We imprison more people, and apply longer sentences, than any country on the face of the planet. People like Ross should be afforded the opportunity of redemption as soon as possible. For Ross that is now.”

– Neill Franklin

Executive Director, Law Enforcement Action Partnership and 34-year police veteran

“A sentence almost unheard of… A young first-time offender who was never charged with causing any death or bodily injury… A high-profile criminal prosecution that heaped intense scrutiny and pressure on the sentencing judge, resulting in a sentence of life imprisonment without parole for a first-time offender. – Kannon Shanmugam

Head of Williams & Connolly's Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation practice

“I am but one of thousands–growing to millions–of people who intend to see Ross Ulbricht walk free, putting an end to a saga that began in 2013 and that constitutes one of the worst examples of prosecutorial abuse the United States has suffered yet.”

– Catherine Austin Fitts

Assistant Secretary of Housing under President George H.W. Bush

“ Ross—I’ve signed your petition. You have very clearly been treated unfairly by our criminal justice system and my heart is with you and your family…Terrible to learn that the judge considered pending charges during sentencing that were later dismissed…This is not how our criminal justice system is supposed to work.” – Eric Brakey

U.S. Senate candidate, ME

“An entire book could be written on Ross Ulbricht’s takedown, subsequent trial, and his recent appeals process, especially because most articles about his case present false or misleading information.”

– Jesse Ventura

Former Governor of Minnesota

“At the end of the day, individuals should be creating solutions, not government. When the government gets involved in affairs, good people become victims. That’s exactly what happened in the case of Ross Ulbricht and it’s exactly why we need to #FreeRoss.” – Cliff Maloney

President, Young Americans for Liberty

“The Libertarian Party has requested President Trump grant a full pardon to Ross Ulbricht.” – The Libertarian Party

“The Silk Road and trial of Ross Ulbricht involve many important and complex issues that impact the life of Mr Ulbricht and us all.” – Keanu Reeves


“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

Founder at DFJ Venture Capital, Bitcoin Investor

“I believe a gigantic injustice has been committed with the jailing of Ross Ulbricht. Life without possibility of parole amounts to a political sentence, worse than those meted out by the Soviet Union.The situation is shameful, Kafkaesque, and must be set right.” – Doug Casey

Best-Selling Author, Financial Advisor

“No American is safer because Ross Ulbricht is in jail for life. He is just one more casualty of our futile war against drugs.” – John Stossel

Commentator and Television Personality

“Ulbricht’s life sentence won’t deter others from giving Americans access to the drugs they want. It won’t ‘protect’ society. It won’t ‘serve justice’ in some moral or cosmic sense. It will just waste another life behind bars and cost non-incarcerated taxpayers about $2 million over Ulbricht’s 50-year remaining life expectancy.” – Henry Blodget

CEO of Business Insider

“The manner in which Ross Ulbricht’s prosecution played out should disturb anyone who cares about justice.” – Nick Gillespie

Editor-in-Chief, Reason

“No matter where you stand on the Silk Road and Ross’s case, this is an egregious sentence.” – Alex Winter

Documentary Film Director and Producer

“Ross’s case is so important to our country’s future and the future of Liberty itself. When somebody has been singled out the way Ross has been, to be made an example of, for a purely political case, that’s a serious problem.” – Jeffrey Tucker

Editorial Director, American Institute for Economic Research

“The trial was conducted in a manner apparently designed to secure a guilty verdict. Some of the judge’s decisions were baffling to any neutral observer.” – Robert Murphy

Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute

“The prosecution’s forensic evidence was below amateur level. The tools used were bad choices, and when the metadata…are exactly the same for every file, it’s inescapably clear that they’ve been altered. To then submit them as evidence is laughable… or would be if so much wasn’t at stake.” – Paul Rosenberg

Author, Engineer, Consultant to NASA and U.S. Military

“This is a chance for @realDonaldTrump to do the right thing and pardon Ross Ulbricht.” – Roger Ver

Bitcoin Evangelist, CEO of

“Mr. Ulbricht’s draconian sentence flies in the face of evolving standards of decency.”

– Jolene Forman

Staff Attorney, Legal Affairs for Drug Policy Alliance

“Ross Ulbricht received two life sentences plus 40 years, in a travesty of a trial over a victimless crime.” – Tom Woods

Author, Historian, Political Commentator

“In America we over criminalize and a life without parole sentence is simply too harsh. In Germany the maximum sentence you can get for any conviction, even murder, is 10-years. Surely we as America can do better.” – Ronald Simpson-Bey

Director of Outreach, JustLeadershipUSA

“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

Creator of Litecoin, Computer Scientist

“I would pardon him. Who would not pardon Ross?” – John McAfee

Presidential Candidate, Businessman, Founder of McAfee Associates

“A cause worth supporting. Sign the petition to help.” – Lew Rockwell

Founder and chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute

“A pardon for Ulbricht would be a major victory against intimidation of a free internet and the corruption of the DOJ and FBI, especially if Donald Trump wants to fight the Deep State. It’s another persecution like the Hammonds and Bundys. When due process is denied, everyone should be concerned.” – David Knight

Host of The David Knight Show

“Zcoin supports the petition to pardon Ross Ulbricht, who was sentenced harshly with double life. His trial & investigation were rife with abuse and charges that were dropped were still unfairly factored into his sentencing.” – Reuben Yap

Chief Operations Officer of Zcoin

“Anybody who looks at that case would see that justice wasn’t served. Ross has already paid an extremely heavy price for essentially a website.” – Bruce Fenton

Founder of Atlantic Financial, Board of Bitcoin Foundation

“What’s happened to Ross is an absolute travesty. The sentence was very unjust and a really bad precedent for the American people. It is a very important thing to have him released.” – Rob Viglione

Co-Founder of Horizen

“I signed the petition to free Ross Ulbricht who is in jail for life for a non-violent crime. I encourage everyone to sign the petition. Let’s set Ross free.” – Paul Puey

Co-Founder of Edge

“Ross’s sentence is an absolute disgrace. The fact that it exists is something that every American should be ashamed of.” – Kevin McKernan

Co-Founder of Medicinal Genomics, R&D Lead for the Human Genome Project

“Ross Ulbricht’s sentence is a travesty. It’s absolutely disgusting what has happened to him. People in power have conspired to make him out to look like a horrible villain and all he is guilty of is building a website. I hope we see him out of jail very soon.” – Saifedean Ammous

Professor of Economics, Member of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University

Supporting Organizations

71Republic - Independent political news organization featuring independent journalism that spans the political spectrum.

American Black Cross (ABC) - Civil liberties defense organization and humanitarian network that focuses on defense of American prisoners, including Ross’s appeal. Submitted an amicus brief [PDF] supporting Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

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 [PDF] in support of Ross’s Supreme Court petition. Stands firmly in support of financial freedom and the liberty that cryptocurrency provides globally to empower people to not be marginalized by governments and financial institutions.

Buried Alive Project - Works to raise awareness and help eliminate life without parole sentences for federal drug offenses through transformative legislation and litigation.

Cato Institute  - Public policy research organization dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace.  Joined Reason Foundation's amicus brief [PDF] in support of Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) - Public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. Joined Reason Foundation's amicus brief [PDF] in support of Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund (CLDEF) - Fights against the government’s assault on the written text of the constitution, and the true rule of the Law. Joined Downsize DC’s amicus brief [PDF] supporting Ross’s Supreme Court petition. - Advocacy group supporting the Zero Aggression Principle and legislation that reduces excessive force and ending prohibition. Joined Downsize DC’s amicus brief [PDF] 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 [PDF] 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 [PDF] to the Second Circuit, one [PDF] to the Supreme Court.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - The leading organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation.  Joined NACDL's amicus brief [PDF] supporting Ross's appeal to the Second Circuit.

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.

Foundation for Economic Education(FEE) - Their mission is to inspire, educate, and connect future leaders with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society.

Free State Project (FSP) - An agreement among 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire to reduce the size and scope of the government in order to achieve "Liberty in Our Lifetime."

FreedomWorks - Organization with over 6 million members promoting free markets and individual liberty. Joined NLG's amicus brief [PDF] in support of Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) - National jury education organization seeking to educate about citizen rights, powers and responsibilities when serving as trial jurors.

Gary Johnson - Former Governor of New Mexico and Libertarian Candidate for President of the United States. Pledged to pardon Ross if elected President.

Gun Owners of America (GOA) - Lobbying organization formed to preserve and defend Second Amendment rights. Joined Downsize DC’s amicus brief [PDF] supporting Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

Gun Owners Foundation - Research arm of GOA that exists to educate about the importance of the Second Amendment and provide legal, expert and support assistance. Joined Downsize DC’s amicus brief [PDF] supporting Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

Human Rights Defense Center - Advocates on behalf of the human rights of people held in U.S. detention facilities. Joined NLG's amicus brief [PDF] in support of Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

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.

Judge Nancy GertnerFormer U.S. federal judge who built her career around standing up for women’s rights, civil liberties and justice. Joined DPA’s amicus brief [PDF] supporting Ross’s appeal to the Second Circuit and the NLG's Supreme Court amicus brief [PDF].

JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) - Dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. Empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform. Joined DPA amicus brief [PDF] supporting Ross's appeal to the Second Circuit.

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 [PDF] supporting Ross’s appeal to the Second Circuit and DPA's amicus brief [PDF] supporting Ross's Supreme Court petition.

Libertarian Party - America's third largest political party. Unanimously resolved in convention that the President should grant Ross Ulbricht a full pardon.

Liberty on the Rocks (LOTR) - International network of Libertarian thinkers. Designed to educate, connect, and activate liberty enthusiasts around the world.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Organization of 40,000 attorneys in 28 countries whose mission is to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or other misconduct. Submitted an amicus brief [PDF] supporting Ross's appeal to the Second Circuit.

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 [PDF] in support of Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

National Lawyers Guild (NLG) - Progressive public interest association that unites lawyers, law students, legal workers, jailhouse lawyers and legal activists. Submitted an amicus brief [PDF] supporting 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.

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) - Progressive legal organization that focuses on cases regarding free speech and dissent, domestic spying and surveillance, police misconduct, and government transparency. Joined NLG's amicus brief [PDF] in support of Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

People’s Law OfficeChicago law office that focuses on public interest law, representing clients believed to have been the subject of attacks by governmental officials and agencies. Joined NLG's amicus brief [PDF] in support of Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

R Street Institute - A public policy research organization whose mission is to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, effective government. Joined Reason Foundation's amicus brief [PDF] in support of Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

Reason FoundationOrganization committed to advancing the values of individual freedom and choice, limited government, and market-friendly policies. Submitted an amicus brief [PDF] supporting Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

Restoring Liberty Action Committee - Action committee dedicated to restoring liberty in the U.S.  Joined Downsize DC’s amicus brief [PDF] supporting Ross’s Supreme Court petition.

Students for a Sensible Drug Policy(SSDP) - International student-led advocacy and education organization of thousands of members working to end drug prohibition and reforming drug policy.

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.

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) - Pro-liberty student organization with more than 900 chapters and 300,000+ members nationwide. 

Zcoin - A cryptocurrency that uses zero knowledge proofs powered by Zerocoin technology to secure financial privacy.