This is important to me because my brother, Lalanda Price,Jr, is one of countless others serving a mandatory minimum sentence. My brother was sentenced to a 20-year mandatory minimum in 2004. Prior to his arrest and sentencing he was a student at Florida A & M University seeking a Health Science degree. He was also a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and served 7 months in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. My brother was simply taking his friend to the mall when he got arrested. The person that accused my brother later told the prosecuting attorneys that my brother was not involved in "the drug deal". By then it was too late. The Fair Sentencing Act was started to diminish the harsh effects of the statutory mandatory minimum sentencing of 21U.S.C. SS 841. In conjunction with the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act, many state officials called the pre-Fair Sentencing Act penalties "unfair," "unfounded," "unjust," and that they undermine various congressional objective set forth in the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. For example, my brother was convicted of a drug offense involving 53 grams of crack. Under the law as it was in 2004 he was sentenced to a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence. Now, after the enactment of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, the drug offense he was convicted of only carries a 10-year mandatory minimum. Ultimately, if the Fair Sentencing were made retroactive my brother would be resentenced to a term of 10 years. Please join in on this petition to support making the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 retroactive to those who are already incarcerated under the old unjust crack laws. Also, visit FAMM.ORG to learn more about the Fair Sentencing Act and how to voice your support to your local congressional representative for making the Fair Sentencing Act retroactive. Please do not think that I am trying to get drug dealers back out on the street, I would, as well as others would like the punishment to fit the crime. If you would like to email me about more information about my brother's case and cases of others please feel free (email@example.com)
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