Life For Pot
Release Nonviolent Drug Offenders
When I started the web site Life for Pot in December of 2008 my main goal was to find other federal nonviolent inmates who had received the sentence of life without parole. After finding several, I found that they all had elements in common. Those elements were
We will now aggressively look for nonviolent marijuana offenders serving sentences of life without parole or defacto life sentences. For our purposes anyone who has served 10 years and will not be released before the age of 60 will be considered an inmate with a defacto life sentence.
We believe that this is in part determined by the nature of our Conspiracy Law. Conspiracy is a charging instrument that is not used in most developed countries. Another reason for our extraordinary sentencing is that when defendants choose to go to trial they are given sentences for 3 to 6 times longer than if they take a plea.
The exceptionally long sentencing of nonviolent drug offenders is just one of the reasons why the United States now incarcerated 25 % of the world's inmates when our population is only 5 %
We will look for them in the Federal System as well as State Systems.
We intend to determine what percent of of these nonviolent marijuana offenders were: