Life isn’t fair. Most of us (at least those who are older) know that from personal experience. The rest of you may be in for a rude awakening. So, griping about a bad turn may not get much sympathy or may just get a retort to suck it up. That’s life.
However, the idea of fairness is not without legitimacy. After all, even though we know we may not always get it, we know it is right and good. Hence, we work for it whenever we can, wherever we can, as much as we can. Or, at least we should.
If we are honest, we will admit we are a bit hit or miss on that score. And, that is just on a personal level. What about when we share some responsibility on a more corporate level? Our town, our state, our nation. As much as we may avoid doing what is right individually, it is that much easier to shirk responsibility when we can fade into the background.
The challenge to consider the following is there for all of us but especially for those who are particularly vocal about their patriotism. If you are proud of your country and support what it does, can you say the same about the following story? If you endorse the war on drugs, we strongly encourage you to learn more.Craig Cesal writes from his prison cell, seeking to engage with those who are willing to hear about not just his plight but the broken system. One that cries out for criminal justice reform. Click To Tweet
Marijuana Worse Than Murder or Terrorism
Do you believe it is fair to receive a life sentence in prison for a drug offense? If this is a non-violent offense, in fact your first offense? If you weren’t even a dealer, just worked on the trucks that were used? We are talking about marijuana, not heroin or cocaine.
Craig Cesal writes from his prison cell, seeking to engage with those who are willing to hear about not just his plight but the broken system. This case shows the need for criminal justice reform. From the penalties hidden in plea deals to the inequitable effects of predatory laws at odds with each other from state and federal jurisdictions.
It’s possible he may have been more involved in the business than is apparent. But, even if so, does the punishment actually fit the crime? Again, this is marijuana. Which is now rapidly gaining legal status, either medicinally or entirely, in one state after another. Meanwhile, the feds seem intent on fighting a losing battle.
Words From a Prison Cell
“For over 17 years, I have watched robbers, rapists, and even murderers come and go at the prison. Last year, a guy in my cell-block who killed two federal marshals was paroled after serving 30 years…
“From Cellblock D, a couple of weeks ago, John Walker Lindh, the so-called ‘White Taliban’ who shot CIA agents in Afghanistan, well, he went home having exhausted his 20-year sentence. He came in after me, and with good time credits, he only served seventeen years. I’ve also served more time in prison than the terrorist…
“The Terre Haute prison abuts the Wabash River, which separates Indiana from Illinois. From the right places, I can see Illinois across the river, where I lived, and where marijuana distribution, and thereby marijuana conspiracy, is encouraged by state tax collectors.”
Please go read this at I Was Sentenced to Life Without Parole for a Non-Violent First Drug Offense.