- Posted March 25, 2014 by
Greenville, South Carolina
Life without parole is the Death Penalty
In Louisiana if you were a part of a crime you get the same punishment as if you had committed the crime. Justin Granier, then 19, was driving to pick up drugs with a few other young men, and was asked to pull over. He then realized that the other young men were getting out of the car and had guns, they proceeded to a store which became the crime scene. Justin did not leave the car and pulled away after hearing gun fire. Stopping to pick up his so called friends was another mistake he made that night. He takes responsibility for his involvement. He made the mistake of acting on teenage angst and was involved with drugs which lead him to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He was originally charged with 1st degree murder but the charges were reduced to 2nd degree murder without the possibility of parole probation or suspension of sentence. From the beginning he has spent 12 years fighting his case. From police coercin to ineffective council, he has had it all. Harsh Sentencing plague Louisiana making it the Prison Capital of the World. In other states, Justin would have gotten an association after fact charge or probation and would have served his time long ago. Instead he is in his 12th year of confinement for a crime he clearly did not commit. Second chances are very hard to come by for a prisoner. Once they are given their sentences they are forgotten. Like Justin, many other men are serving incredibly harsh sentences. Justin serves his time moving in a forward direction, having received his bachelors degree in Ministry, he thrives as a lead mentor, teaches, continues his education, makes handmade guitars and works as a chaplins clerk and is a hospice care provider in the hospice unit at La. State Pen at Angola. Justin was featured on an OWN network production called Serving Life, a gripping documentary about Hospice and dying in prison. Justin deserves to have a life outside of prison. We need to shine the light on these harsh sentencing practices and need your help to do that. We have a website with a petition that supports amendments to current sentencing laws. Justingranier.com. Ultimately, we want a pardon for Justin, due to his charges he is not even eligible for one. There are so many obstacles that he faces, if the laws were changed or he was given a pardon with special reason reform could begin for him and for more cases.
In closing, we would like to extend our sympathies and respect to all victims of crime. We hope one day Louisiana will allow a bridge for forgiveness.
Thank you for your consideration in supporting someone who really deserves a second chance.