Drug War Prisoners

Shamika Sims:

Freeing other countries while its own people are locked up

I committed a crime. I won’t make any excuses or blame anyone else. But the amount of time should fit the crime. I am serving a 180 month sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine base. Not that I was caught with anything, the only evidence the government had was someone who faced time and told on me to get a reduced sentence.

I was 22 when I came to prison. If the law stays the same I will be 33 when I am released. What purpose does this serve? America has lost the War on Drugs. The prisons are over-crowded. At Danbury the majority of prisoners are non-violent, low level drug offenders.

The government should bring back parole for non-violent drug offenders. To bring back parole would give us a second chance to make the right decision.

I watch America at war to free other countries while its own people are locked up, homeless, and out of work. There are mothers, grandmothers, sisters, nieces, and aunts here who deserve another chance at life. To give someone life in prison for a drug conspiracy is crazy when you can murder someone and get less than 20 years.

The justice system is supposed to be blind to prevent discrimination. The system is blind if it can’t see the injustice in the mandatory minimum laws and the use of conspiracy laws to get convictions. You have the tax payers paying federal agents’ salaries for doing nothing – all they need is people who are already in trouble who will testify against you. Yes, the system is perfect.

Sincerely, Shamika Sims



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