Release all non-violent drug offenders after 10 years in prison
My name is Romona DiFazio, and I am serving my eleventh year in prison for my part in a drug conspiracy. I was arrested with 8.5 grams of cocaine powder and charged with 1,300 kilograms of crack and cocaine powder under the famous conspiracy theory. I was sentenced to 75 years in prison as a result of the conspiracy law. As a result of a change in the mandatory sentencing guidelines in 1996, my sentence was reduced to 29 years and 4 months. The judge still made it clear that he thought the sentence was far too severe for the crime I committed.
Imprisonment for such abominable lengths of time enhances the already huge amount of money in corporate America. The rich get richer by housing us non-violent human beings for long terms in prison, while the poor are trampled under the feet of the nation’s hypocrits.
When a person breaks the law, they should be punished. But the punishment should reflect the seriousness of the crime, and apply to all equally. If two people who are drug abusers support their habit by supplying other addicts, as often happens, why should one get immunity for testifying while the other gets 20 years for the same offense?
The solution to the War on Drugs would be to release all non-violent drug offenders who have served 10 years in prison. Surely, they have paid for their crime by then.
God have mercy on us all, no matter what wrongs we have committed.