These are real stories featuring people who have fallen victim to the U.S. Justice System, primarily due to the war on drugs. We would like to thank the ACLU. Many of these stories came from their article: A LIVING DEATH: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR NONVIOLENT OFFENSES and feature heartbreaking stories regarding citizens who were sentenced to die in prison for non-violent offences thanks to the Crack/Cocaine disparity, three-strike-rule, and mandatory minimums.
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A college student with no criminal record, is serving three life-without-parole sentences at age 23 for playing a minor role in two drug deals in which he was not the buyer, seller, or supplier of the drugs.
A first-time offender with no criminal record, Robert was sentenced to LWOP nearly two decades ago for operating a crack house, despite the sentencing judge’s stated belief that he should serve only 20 years in prison.
A former police officer and first-time nonviolent offender, was sentenced to LWOP when he was 32 as the result of a reverse sting operation by the FBI to root out drug-related corruption in the police force.
Donnie is dying of end-stage liver disease, a terminal condition, and cannot receive a liver transplant because he is serving an LWOP sentence for 24 grams of methamphetamine found in the motel room of a woman with whom he had spent the night.
Paul was arrested in 1994 for participating in a large marijuana conspiracy operated by another man who received a reduced sentence of only two-and-a-half years in exchange for testifying against 31 people, including Free.
Teresa was 26 when she was sentenced to spend the rest of her life in prison for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine for her role in a drug distribution operation masterminded by her drug-dealing boyfriend, the father of two of her children. She had no prior criminal record.
Serving LWOP for his first offense, a nonviolent drug conspiracy committed when he was 43 years old. Since his incarceration, he has been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer. He is 63 years old and does not know how much longer he has to live.
Serving LWOP for armed burglary when he was 21 years old, when he broke into his own home and took his stepfather’s gun, which his stepfather had shot at his mother and repeatedly used to threaten her.
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