Name: Sharanda Jones, Federal Inmate #33177-077
Time Served: 14 years and 5 months
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine)
Sentence: Life with no chance of parole
Release Date: None
Prior Convictions: None
Prior Arrests: None
Family: 22-year old daughter named Clenesha Garland
Photo: Sharanda (left) with her daughter Clenesha (right) in 2013.
Sharanda has more than paid the price for the crime in which she has been convicted. The United States Sentencing Commission has determined that the federal sentencing guidelines under which Sharanda was sentenced upon were flawed. This determination is evidenced by not one, but two guideline adjustments in less than 5 years in the realm of crack‑cocaine federal sentencing that drastically reduce sentences for crack cocaine offenses. These paramount developments in Congress tell us one thing – the crack cocaine penalties under which Sharanda was sentenced were unfair.
Life without parole is the second most severe penalty permitted by law in America. This severe penalty should not be imposed on first-time non-violent drug offenders.
Sharanda's sentencing judge did not take into account the crack/powder disparity – a disparity that Congress and the United States Sentencing Commission have repeatedly attempted to resolve. Sharanda has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole as first-time nonviolent offender under a sentencing scheme that has since been publicly denounced by members of Congress. As the late Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter lyrically pointed out, "wisdom too often never comes and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes too late."
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