- Posted August 22, 2013 by
Charlotte, North Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The Federal Government Will No Longer Pursue Mandatory Minimum Sentences
When Stephanie Nodd walked out of prison two years ago, she found herself in a new world. Her five children were grown. Computers and cell phones were everywhere. Her hometown of Mobile, Alabama, had seen a thriving nightlife district emerge in its once-sleepy downtown. Nodd had emerged after spending 21 years in federal prison for her first and only conviction: conspiracy to sell crack cocaine. Like tens of thousands of others, she was given a lengthy prison term under laws passed to battle the rise of crack cocaine in the 1980s. The charges never accused her of any violent crime. But prosecutors identified her as a “trusted lieutenant” of a drug ring that was dealing crack in Mobile. In 1990, at age 23, Nodd was sentenced to 30 years. She had no prior convictions. Read her entire story here: www.cnn.com
When crack hit the African-American community during the 80′s, it was like an atomic bomb hit the streets! Half of the community was either on crack, selling crack or raising a relative’s children due to the results of crack. The government noticed a pattern and attached more time for crack possession than other drugs. They disguised it as “the war on drugs.” Therefore, more time was attached to crack possession than other drugs predominately used by Caucasians. Thus, the number of African-Americans in prison for non-violent offenses are higher BUT stats are skewed to show that there are more African-Americans in prison than Caucasians even though we are minorities.
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