From Hamedah Hassan at WMC:
I am one in thousands of American POWs. I know I’m not the kind you think of first when you hear those words. I’m a prisoner of America’s Drug War, currently serving a 27-year federal prison sentence based on laws established in the late 80s. In 1991, at age 24, I was indicted, arrested and subsequently convicted, and sentenced—initially to natural life—for cocaine and crack cocaine related offenses. While I am responsible for my own criminal behavior, being a first time, non-violent offender makes my sentence of decades in prison impossible to accept quietly.
This experience has taught me that not one choice, action, or lack thereof is without consequence. This includes making laws without a sense of redemption—that diminish the worth of human lives and attack the very foundation of the family unit. Struggling to help raise my three daughters and instill in them useful bits of wisdom has by far been my greatest challenge. I have often wondered at the end of a 15-minute phone call, sometimes split three ways: Did she get it? Will she learn from my mistakes? Am I giving her enough? No matter the answers, I knew I must continue to do my best.
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Melissa Mummert has completed production of a 30 minute documentary of Hassan’s story, Perversion of Justice
What a horrific story! To condemn a young person to spend the rest of his natural life in prison for doing something that is only harming himself is barbaric in the extreme.
Yes, it is.