I agree what a disgrace!!! I wonder how many more cases there are like this especially in Alabama and other southern states!
Absolutely. And it's not just southern states - California has the 3 Strikes Law which is responsible tens of thousands of life/doubled sentences.
This is disgraceful. All three-strike laws should be eliminated, and each case judged on its own merits.
I wonder if thousands, tens of thousands, or more people are in a similar situation.
This article popped up on my feed on Facebook. Completely worth several minutes of your time to highlight the devastatingly horrifying, cruel and unusual punishments of the American justice/incarceration system.
3 Strikes Law, or habitual offenders law mandates life sentencing for 3 offences. In this particular case, no violent crimes were committed. Subsequent to serving his country he suffered addiction. For petty crimes he was sentenced to life.
THIS NEEDS TO STOP
I haven't been active of Twitter, but felt compelled to re-download the app to thank this reporter for covering this man's story. He's received a number of letters in the mail and his spirits have been lifted - nevertheless, we cannot turn a blind eye to the countless lives that have been thrown away because of BS legislation and unfair treatment.
This is disgraceful. This is discrimination against the poor and mentally unwell. Terrible terrible.