National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

Life without parole for minimal drug possession is cruel

 |  NCR Today

Last week, The New York Times had a break-your-heart story of life without parole. The sidebar had four more biographies of lifers.

All these people were convicted of minimal drug possession. They didn't have anything to plea-bargain their offenses down to lesser charges because they were such small fish in the drug world.

They represent a pattern of incarceration that is cruel. And it is expensive. These men and women have all requested presidential pardons, most with the support of the judge who sentenced them. They've been denied.

email-graphic.jpgThe latest news... right to your inbox. Sign up for NCR email alerts.

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at Disqus.com/verify.
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

 

Feature-flag_GSR2.jpg

NCR Email Alerts

 

In This Issue

April 11-24, 2014

04-11-2014.jpg

Not all of our content is online. Subscribe to receive all the news and features you won't find anywhere else.