A man in my native state of Louisiana was recently sentenced to 13.3 years for possession of TWO joints.
I know what you're thinking: that must only be half of the story.
Oh yeah, sure it is. This terrible career criminal's two prior offenses triggered his mandatory minimum sentence of 13.3 years.
His crimes? Minor possession of marijuana 8 and 20 years ago. According to the article, that is the sum total of all of his criminal history.
To Louisiana's legal system and apparently his prosecutor and judge, this man is a hardened criminal spending more time in prison than many rapists, murderers, kidnappers, armed robbers, vicious violent offenders...
In fact, I'm willing to bet many readers know someone whose violent attacker got far, far less than this guy did.
Drunk drivers who kill people get less time than this.
All over TWO joints.
If you lived in Louisiana, would YOU want your tax dollars to pay to keep a man in jail FOR 13 and a quarter yeras for the possession of TWO joints? Having virtually zero criminal history behind him except for just two other minor possession charges ranging back 20 years, is that what you would want to pay for?
Small government Red Staters and Libertarians: Does that sound like a good investment for your tax money?
This poor guy is 48 years old. What kind of retirement do you think he has to look forward to at 61 when he gets out?
No matter what job he was doing before, no matter how capable, it is virtually assured that this has ruined him for life.
Crucified on the alter of a bullshit war on "drugs". Pot is less harmful than chewing tobacco and pot is a dangerous drug worthy of this kind of punishment?
I don't know what kind of man you are Mr. Barnard Noble, but this has all the trappings of a travesty of justice.
No offense there buddy, but I'm hoping you're a monster. You'd have to be to deserve thirteen years but the odds are you're just a regular guy who just got nailed to a wall for 20% of your entire life because politicians wanted to pretend to do be competent.
Best of luck to you and for your sake, I hope someone in Louisiana sees the light of reason.