Arrested for Hashish – Is America Actually the Land of the Free?

Land of the free?


25 p.c of all the world’s jail inhabitants rests throughout the borders of the US. Out of that astronomical share, greater than 4/fifths of drug regulation violations are for possession. In response to the ACLU, 88% of these possession arrests have been for possession of cannabis


Almost 600,000 individuals every year are arrested for cannabis possession. That’s one particular person, each minute, daily of the month, for the totality of the 365 days that make up a 12 months. 


Land of the free? Depends upon who you ask.


Individuals like Patricia Spottedcrow may not be so fast to cross their hearts and pledge allegiance to this land of the free.


Patricia Spottedcrow is an Oklahoma mom of 4 that acquired a extreme jail sentence for promoting 31 bucks price of pot. After unknowingly promoting the paltry quantity to an undercover cop, the Native resident was hauled to the slammer. Being her first offense, Sheryl determined to take her possibilities with the choose, in any case, why wouldn’t she? 31 {dollars} price of cannabis? I’m stunned the cop even bothered to take her in. In lots of of those cases, when the quantity the offender possesses is so small, judges will select to DEFER the cost. Being her first ever offense, she had good purpose to suspect  that this was precisely what would occur. She dismissed a plea deal and determined to go earlier than the choose. 


Sadly for Spottedcrow and her kids, the choose felt an instance wanted to be made. Patricia Spottedcrow was given a 12 12 months sentence.


Bernard Noble. In 2010 the 49 12 months outdated father of seven was sentenced to 13 years with out the prospect for parole. Will need to have been carrying some critical weight, flying loaded planes on over from Mexico or one thing? 

Suppose once more.


Mr. Noble was busted with the equal of two joints price of weed. (Barely lower than three grams.) “He was most likely doing one thing fairly suspect to be pulled up by the police and given such a harsh sentence although,” some could also be pondering at this level. If being a black man using a motorbike is against the law, then sure, Bernard Noble was a critical prison…  


These two examples of utmost sentencing towards such paltry offense raises a critical query. 


Is the cannabis prohibition simply one other strategy to oppress individuals of minority? 


Out of all of the stats talked about firstly of this text what I failed to say was that folks of colour are four occasions extra prone to be arrested than whites, regardless of having comparable charges of use. The racial disparity is so extreme that one ACLU report  states that, “in over 96% of counties with greater than 30,000 individuals wherein not less than 2% of the residents are Black, Blacks are arrested at larger charges than whites for marijuana possession.” In response to the report, within the worst offending counties throughout the nation, Blacks have been over 10, 15, even 30 occasions extra prone to be arrested than white residents in the identical county. 


The 13th modification was launched on the finish of the civil battle. It was penned into our structure to make sure slavery can be abolished perpetually below the unchangeable proper each citizen of this nation ought to inherently possess. It states, “ Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, besides as a punishment for crime whereof the occasion shall have been duly convicted, shall exist inside america, or anywhere topic to their jurisdiction.”


Besides as punishment for against the law? 


Some individuals might imagine this truthful. Criminals must be required to pay their debt to society, and what? I agree. They need to. The issue is that after the 13th Modification was launched to the Structure a sudden inflow of criminals started to fill jail cells. 


Some students say all of the 13th amendement actually did was legalize slavery by making a loophole wherein “criminals” needed to repay their debt by not solely incarceration, however compelled labor. “To speak about how we received the place we’re at the moment, we now have to begin with slavery and see how the justice system took over as a system of social management,” states Ngoze Ndulue, senior director of prison justice applications on the Nationwide Affiliation for the Development of Coloured Individuals in a single New York Occasions article. Following emancipation Blacks can be arrested for loitering, chatting with whites within the incorrect manner, and even taking a look at a white lady within the incorrect manner. 


As soon as slavery had been “abolished,” conveniently, Southern states determined to plan a system referred to as “convict leasing.” What the convict leasing association meant was that non-public events, (plantation house owners and different firms), could possibly be supplied with free labor as long as the lessee supplied meals, clothes and housing for the prisoners. If there was a scarcity of staff native authorities would simply make extra arrests, no matter whether or not against the law was being dedicated or not. Those that had develop into wealthy off of whip-driven our bodies had discovered a system of completely authorized mass incarceration that would make them much more cash than earlier than. Previous to the “abolition of slavery” slave house owners may pay as much as 2,500 {dollars} every. After 1865 prisoners could possibly be bought for pennies on the greenback.  


Issues haven’t actually modified that a lot both. Today prisoners are compelled to do every kind of issues. 


Firms like Starbucks, UPS, Wendy’s, hell, even Financial institution of America is getting in on the commerce of slave labor supplied by the jail industrial complicated. 


Some inmates are even compelled to place their lives on the road working as firefighters on the stellar fee of .45 cents an hour, and it’s nonetheless African People and different races of shaded melanin that make up the vast majority of our jail programs, lots of them discovering their manner there as did Bernard Noble and Patricia Spottedcrow. 


The Warfare on Medicine? It will appear to this author that the battle on medicine is nothing greater than a pink herring which serves as a car for regulation enforcement to focus on communities of colour and maintain the pockets of Huge Enterprise fats and completely satisfied from the booming good thing about the authorized slave commerce.


God Bless America, Land of the Free.