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If anyone deserves to be let out of prison, it would be Clarence Aaron. A casualty of the War on Drugs, Aaron is rotting away in a prison cell for a situation that could have happened to anyone. He was never violent, he wasn’t a criminal and he didn’t do or sell drugs. He was simply a college student in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There is now a national push to get Aaron out of prison. People are wondering if President Obama will be the one to step forward and make things happen for the man who has lost 20 years of his life.
Clarence Aaron went to prison in 1993, at the age of 23. He was involved in a drug deal, but was neither the buyer nor the seller. He didn’t touch the drugs or collect any money. All he did was introduce the two men involved in the transaction and it has cost him his life.
Aaron didn’t plead guilty when he was arrested, largely because he didn’t believe he did anything wrong. Because of this, he received three life sentences. Neither Presidents Bush nor Clinton chose to commute the incredibly long sentence given to a young man who was in college and had no criminal record.