Crazy Sentencing in the U.S.

Weldon Angelos was just 24 years old when he was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for three marijuana sales [with a total value of about $1,000]. He is one of the hundreds of thousands of federal prisoners serving decades-long sentences for non-violent crimes, thanks to mandatory minimum sentencing laws created in the 1980s during America’s war on drugs. ...said Julie Stewart, founder of FAMM. “We have escalated punishments to the point that it’s crazy…."
- Former Federal Judge Regrets 55-Year Marijuana Sentence, Feb 18, 2015, by BYRON PITTS, JACKIE JESKO and LAUREN EFFRON, http://abcnews.go.com/US/federal-judge-regrets-55-year-marijuana-sentence/story?id=28869467

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