Thursday, September 29, 2011

10 year Jail Sentence for First Time Offender?

Would Mitch Daniels be the governor of Indiana if he spent 10 years in jail for his marijuana possession charge?

An Oklahoma mom sold $31 of marijuana to an undercover cop. For that offense -- her first arrest -- Patricia Spottedcrow is serving 10 years in prison.

What Patricia did was illegal, but many activists feel that the harsh punishment far outstrips the severity of the offense, especially for a first-time offender convicted of a nonviolent crime.

In just a few days, Oklahoma Judge Robert Davis will decide whether to modify Patricia's sentence. So Garret Overstreet, a member from Oklahoma, started a petition asking Judge Davis to release Patricia from prison and issue a more humane punishment sentence. Please add your name to the petition now.

Patricia has already spent nine months in prison -- more time than most marijuana first-offenders ever serve. During that time, she's taken parenting classes and even finished her GED. But Patricia has also missed her one-year-old daughter's first words. And unless Judge Davis reduces her sentence next week, Patricia will be on track to stay in prison until her youngest daughter is in middle school.
Sign the petition to fix this travesty of justice

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