Federal mandatory minimums & The other death penalty
Model/ actor/ advocate
Maria McDonald, from the world of fashion and film, found a friend from the entertainment industry had been lingering in legal limbo and was stunned to discover he would have been home by now if not for an extreme tilt in justice known as federal mandatory minimum sentencing.
This appalling injustice has lead to the formation of the website, INPRISON.net Dedicated to the Resurrection and Reaffirmation of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments in the jury trial system.
Russell Simmons and others demonstrated concerns on a state level as seen on YouTube's "Lockdown".
As a result Maria has become soberly aware of the need for immediate "Change" and is asking, "When does PUNISHMENT become ABUSE, When does ABUSE become REVENGE, When does REVENGE become INHUMANE?"
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WHEN does PUNISHMENT become ABUSE, When does ABUSE become REVENGE, When does REVENGE become INHUMANE?
"THERE COMES A TIME WHEN SILENCE IS BETRAYAL."
Martin Luther King Jr.
I found my friend lingering in legal limbo from an extreme tilt injustice. Not in a Third World country but right in the United States. The Rockefeller Mandatory Minimum sentencing law has been REPEALED, and now it's time to REPEAL its evil twin, FEDERAL MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCING.
"We the people" as well as our economy can no longer bear the injustice and financial burden that FEDERAL MANDATORY MINIMUM'S , slippery slope sentencing straps onto the backs of U.S. citizens. The tax burden of sentencing enhancement, current sentencing procedures, and weighty extended sentences are NO longer a luxury we as Americans can afford, while private prison profits provide us with NO relief. "The War on Drugs" is over and it's time to end Federal Mandatory Minimums.
New bills for sentencing reform have been introduced in Congress by Rep. Maxine Waters H.R. 1466, Rep. Danny Davis, and Rep. Robert Scott. Kinny Linn of FEDCURE.org also testified before the Sentencing Commission, 3/17/09, and concurs with these concerns and the urgent need for new sentencing reform.
For years prisoners, like William Underwood, have been denied access to the courts after making Sixth Amendment challenges to the application of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. In Mr. Underwood's case, this occurred over 21 years ago at trial, sentencing and on direct appeal. This appalling injustice has led to the formation of the website, INPRISON.net. It's about time for change!
We at http://inprison.net REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT GIVEN THESE TRULY EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES, THE LAW AFFORDS NO OPPORTUNITY FOR MR. UNDERWOOD TO OBTAIN RE-SENTENCING OR OTHER RELIEF.
“Regardless of whether a sentencing error or a conviction error occurred in this case, any prejudice to the defendant will be cured by vacating his sentence and remanding for resentencing pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 841 (b) (1) (C)."
"It is not the voice of my enemy that I will remember, but the silence of my friends."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Please SIGN PETITION and also support new sentencing reform as exemplified by the current bills introduced by Reps. Waters, Davis, and Scott.
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