Life For Pot
Life For Pot Commutation
14425-056 age 67
P.O. Box 52020
Bennettsville, SC. 29514
Kenny Kubinski is not a marijuana only inmate, the major drug was marijuana, but they put come cocaine in his charges. I can’t ignore him any longer and thus he is on the list of marijuana offenders who should receive clemency.
The Kubinski’s were active members of the local farm community. Kenny cut wood for elderly neighbors and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity through their church. Jackie was a member of the Board of the American Diabetes Association.
Kenny and his wife Jacquelyn were living in Georgia raising three children. Jacquelyn had a degree in early childhood education and Kenny, a Viet Nam Veteran, owned a construction company with his brothers. It was January of 1993 when their life was altered and destroyed. Their life would never again be the same nor would it ever be free of the most painful hardship and grief. This was the day that the Drug Task Force came to their house and seized all their property and money. Yes, this is always done before individuals are charged or convicted.
Of course when they were charged, the charges were conspiracy and when they went to trial all witnesses against them were testifying for their own plea agreements or for the right to keep some assets.
Kenny and Jacquelyn had three children at the time, a six year old boy and two preschool girls. The prosecutors not only confiscated all their property and money so they could not secure legal services, Prosecutors also charged and indicted Kenny’s wife – the children’s mother. Jacquelyn would eventually be convicted of conspiracy and the children were left without parents to care for them for six years.
Kenny is a true decorated hero of the Viet Nam War. When he returned home as a wounded veteran he was the recipient of three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star with Valor and an Army Commendation Medal with Valor. Although we pride ourselves with valuing the sacrifices of our veterans, Kenny was rewarded with a sentence of life without parole as a first time nonviolent drug offender.
The recent push for national initiatives to reduce the size of our national inmate populations has created a disturbing trend. Perhaps it is not a systemic problem, but for those of us who communicate with nonviolent drug offenders it appears that there is some relationship between the push for clemency and problems model inmates are having within their facility. Kenny has been a model for problem solving and living an orderly life under the most difficult of circumstances. He needs to be released so that he can spend the remainder of his life with family and friends. Releasing Kenny would make us a honorable nation.