Wednesday, October 12, 2011

30 Year Sentence to First Time Offender Teenager, and my Apology to the Lady Seeking Contributions to the Obama Campaign

I saw this petition on the petition site: "We the People" at  The War On Drugs, claims another victim.  30 years sentence to a teenager for a first time marijuana charge?  The state of Illinois has spent 500,000 dollars incarcerating this young man for almost 10 years.  What a waste of a young man's life.  The petition was started by a retired prison supervisor who worked with Jason.  Constrast this terrible punishment with what happened to the current governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels:
Officers found enough marijuana in his room to fill two size 12 shoe boxes, reports of the incident say. He and the other inhabitants of the room were also charged with possession of LSD and prescription drugs without a prescription. Daniels and his two roommates in 111 Cuyler Hall, Marc Stuart ’71 and Richard Stockton ’71, were arrested and, after plea bargaining, Daniels eventually escaped with a $350 fine for “maintaining a common nuisance.”
Hey, $350 dollar fine and then go on to serve in Bush Administration, and then governor.  I'm betting Jason Spyres is poor and NOT republican.  This is unjust,wasteful and makes Indiana look like a third world country.  
To the young lady who called for donations to the Obama Campaign, I apologize for using the F word in relation to the wars: the stupid war on drugs and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  I had just read about this young man spending 10 years in jail, for a 1st offense as a teenager with 20 more to go.  It was bad timing.
Personally, I have had enough of war.  Lets stop waging war on our own citizens with the stupid and wasteful War on Drugs and bring our troops home too. 

Pardon Jason Spyres (K99397), an Illinois inmate serving a 30 year ( now on 9th year) sentence on a marijuana charge.

I was the Officer working around Jason as a supervisor. I am now retired and feel it to be a moral imperative that this man (locked up on a first offense as a teenager) be set free. Nine years locked up more than meet the requirements of most any State. A similar offense in California would have netted a person less than a year. Jason has been the ideal inmate while I worked in the prison and I am confident he will make an excellent free citizen. It makes absolutely no sense to waste tax dollars on Jason's further incarceration.

Sign the Petition to Pardon Jason at "We the People"

 Petition to Governor of Illinois to Pardon Jason from
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1 comment:

  1. Legislation backing the "war on drugs" purports to reverse the onus of proof in drug-possession trials. That reversal is incompatible with the rule of law and is therefore unconstitutional in ALL jurisdictions.