A Man Died in Prison After Serving 26 Years for Cannabis
It seems unfair and tragic that people still sit in jail for cannabis crimes when the plant has been legalized in so many places that millions of adults across North America can legally and safely use cannabis for either recreational or medical purposes.
Unfortunately, social justice attached to cannabis legalization has been much slower to spread than legalization itself. Thousands of non-violent offenders still sit in prison, convicted of cannabis offenses that arguably wouldn’t results in a conviction or lengthy sentence today. Millions of others live in reduced circumstances because of the lasting effects of a long-ago drug conviction.
For some individuals, their cannabis criminal sentence is actually a death sentence. And that is tragically what happened for Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda. Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda entered the United States as a Cuban refugee in 1980. He eventually began working as a laborer and got caught up in a massive trafficking bust while he was making only $50 a day. Thanks to conspiracy charges, he ended up paying the price for crimes very likely committed by someone else. Even if he were directly responsible for smuggling cannabis, that crime pales in comparison to the punishment he served.
🔫 David Berkowitz - AKA "Son of Sam" Vintage AP Wire Photo 1977 (NY19 Yonkers N.Y. Aug 11 Police Examine Suspect's Car / Belonging to 24 year old David Berkowitz outside Berkowitz's apartment building Thursday morning. Berkowitz was arrested late Wednesday night and police beleive he is the "Son of Sam" killer.) -
💀David Richard Berkowitz (born Richard David Falco; June 1, 1953), known also as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber 🔫 Killer, is an American serial killer who pleaded guilty to eight separate shooting attacks that began in New York City during the summer of 1976. The crimes were perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver. He killed six people 💀and wounded nine others by July 1977. As the number of victims increased, Berkowitz eluded the biggest police manhunt in the history of New York City while leaving letters that mocked the police and promised further crimes, which were highly publicized by the press. The killing spree terrorized New Yorkers and achieved worldwide notoriety.
On the night of August 10, 1977, Berkowitz was taken into custody by New York City police homicide detectives in front of his Yonkers apartment building, and he was subsequently indicted for eight shooting incidents. He confessed to all of them, and initially claimed to have been obeying the orders of a demon, manifested in the form of a dog, "Harvey", who belonged to his neighbor "Sam". Despite his explanation, Berkowitz was found mentally competent to stand trial. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was incarcerated in state prison. He subsequently admitted the dog-and-devil😈 story was a hoax. In the course of further police investigations, Berkowitz was also implicated in many unsolved arsons in the city. "Son of Sam laws", designed to keep criminals from profiting financially from the publicity created by their crimes. Despite various amendments and legal challenges, the statutes have remained law in New York, and similar laws have been enacted in several other states.
1 1917 September, 2019
There are 2.3 million people behind bars right now. That is 1 in every 37 people in the US. The prisons began exploding in early 70’s with the war on drugs, tough on crime policies on both parties, and mandatory minimum sentences. The numbers show us that our system isn’t working. Mass incarceration is not the answer. We lock people up at a higher rate than any other country in the world. America, we have a crisis.
I believe in rehabilitation and in justice and what we are doing in America is injustice. When we sentence people to prison time, we are sentencing the person, not the crime. Children are facing life sentences. Teenagers who aren’t even fully developed. We don’t allow teenagers to vote but we can throw them in prison with adults for life. This is unacceptable.
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inspiration: life sentence