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Mom Received 12-Yrs Prison for Selling $30 Worth of Marijuana: She’s Released

The case of Patricia Spottedcrow gives you both tremendous faith and disgust with the criminal justice system.    The 26-year old mom from Oklahoma was just released after a two year stint in prison.  She’d been given a full 12-year sentence for the peculiar act of selling just $30 worth of marijuana to a police informant.

This was her first felony conviction and it was non-violent.   After she was sent to prison, a large and vocal group of people around the world have rallied to her defense.   Her sentence was first reduced from 12 years to eight, but that wasn’t enough.  Six months ago, the Oklahoma State Pardon and Parole board granted parole to the young woman.

Now that she has been paroled, the mother has to do 120 days at a community correction facility.   Spottedcrow’s mother, Dee Starr, was also charged in connection with the $30 crime and is serving probation for her 30-year prison sentence.

“We’ve got a new road to travel and we’re gonna travel it together,” Starr said.

The case is catching national interest as a poster child for what’s wrong with the War on Drugs.  Millions of people, most of them black, have received very long prison sentences for selling small amounts of drugs.  There are increasing calls to the Obama Administration to re-sentence many of these individuals, a large percentage of whom  were sentenced under federal guidelines.

 

31 comments

  1. I'm so glad God had mercy on her. I pray she'll do something productive with her beautiful life. God bless you!

  2. Oh no sorri cuz she is Mum god bless all mums

  3. Prison industrial complex in full effect! Clowns like you James Alexender that are the problem with that backwards , slave mentality !

  4. I applaud your insightful comments. Let us remember this: This was, still is, and always will be a racist & hypocritical nation, regardless of what kind of face those in power choose to wear on any given day. And yes, it’s all about hate, power, control and greed. But here lies the real kicker. Those that practice such things can not escape the judgment. Their eyes have been blinded by a corrupt and wicked heart. That day will be a terrifying and punishable day by the mighty hand of the Lord. Most will say that the God they serve is a loving God, but most do not want to hear about the fact that He is a punishing God. He will make the crooked straight. Jesus has already declared, and many times over, about the reality of hell and that many are going. Just see to it that no one or no thing steals your crown and that on that day, which is surely coming, whether one so chooses to believe or not, that your own name is found written in the Lambs Book Of Life, and not blotted out. If you carefully read revelations, there are some names that were written, but blotted out. Be ye careful in your conduct in this life!!

  5. How about the words Mom and selling marijuana shouldn’t be in the same sentence. How about that?

  6. @JAMES , KNOW ONE IS NOT SAYING SHE WASN’T WRONH BUT IT’S ABOUT BEING FAIR IN JUST!

  7. Considering that Wyoming and Colorado have just legalized recreational use of Marijuana, this is just absolutely ridiculous in terms of punishment. The “War on Drugs” has been consistently called on it’s abuse on the minority population and one of the largest reasons behind the mass incarceration of Black people as a whole.
    What truly makes this hilarious and depressing at the same time is the fact that the people who support these laws (usually those in suburban communities, whites and uncle tom types) are the ones who use and abuse more drugs than those in these urban environments and that has been proven, but they will only keep the police in the urban centers because that is the “types” that they desire locked up or “kept in place”.

  8. Genesis 1:11 – And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
    1:12 – And the earth brought forth grass, and the herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and god saw that it was good.
    1:29 – And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
    1:30 – And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein their is life, I have given every green herb for meat; and it was so.
    1:31 and God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

  9. Genesis 1:11 – And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
    1:12 – And the earth brought forth grass, and the herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and god saw that it was good.
    1:29 – And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
    1:30 – And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein their is life, I have given every green herb for meat; and it was so.
    1:31 and God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

  10. Ann Gardner-Jackson

    Thankfully, she has been released due to the unfairness in the sentencing process in Oklahoma. Many African Americans have incarcerated because of small amounts drugs.

    • Oklahoma is an awful place to live. I lasted just over a year there and could tell stories that would probably make most people believe it is a different country.

  11. I don’t agree with the sentence, but laws cannot be broken. I bet she will never sell drugs again, and it is so sad, her life is changed forever and not for good.

  12. daam that's mess up a 500 dollar ticket would of done it.

  13. The war on drugs has always felt like a war against me. Me being people who look like me, live around me, grow up dealing with the same surroundings as me. 2 years was too long for this woman to serve for a $30 crime. People have stolen millions from us and never served 1 day.

    • Exactly and the bottom line is always money…this is happening because the prison system has been privatized in many instances…So the courts…the judges and the corporations are ALL lining their pockets and the only way to do that is to be sure that the prisons stay full so that they can get their government subsidies and also have slave labor at their disposal…In what universe is does it make sense to pay $35,000 per year for 12 years to punish a victimless $30 crime…It only makes sense to the ones GETTING the $35,000…but this is what happens when you privatize prisons…while everyone is talking about the country's deficit…this would be a great way to cut some of this deficit and WASTEFUL, IRRESPONSIBLE spending by billions upon billions of $…All about being poor and not being able to mount a defense..TTo the person who so smugly said people need to take responsibility for their actions…this goes way beyond that sir…when the rich get away with lying stealing and in many cases murder how dare you imply that it's OK to lock a mother away from her children for 12 years for a $30 non-violent crime in order to satisfy corporate greed.

    • The system needs to be overhauled and that's if you want to say the very least about the maatter..

  14. This is ludracious really 30 dollars and they are at the bottom of the pyramid on drugs when do we go to top and stop the movement.

  15. Why is that when people knowingly break the law and get caught they cry foul about the sentence. As harsh as the sentence was it's still the law and she broke it.
    Everybody who commits a crime is put at the mercy of the court (and a particular judge) so don't be shocked when things don't go in your favor. It's past the time for making excuses: start taking responsibility.

    • YOU SOUND CRAZY IF IT WAS YOUR CHILD YOUR TONE WOULD BE DIFFERENT IT'S NOT ABOUT RESPONSIBILITY IT'S ABOUT THE COURTS,JUDGES GIVING HARSHER SENTENCES TO BLACK AND HISPANICS THEN WHITES FOR THE SAME CRIME SO IT'S NOT ABOUT CRYING FOUL

    • youre comment shows how much of a piece of shit you are

    • oh my, what an obedient slave.

    • James, you probably think that your assertions about criminality are sound and reasonable. After all, if you break the law you should be penalized accordingly right. That would be ideal in a utopian society where the laws created are based on the well being of all citizens within the society. But this is America!!! And your assertions lack historical and contemporary understanding about how and why some laws are enacted. A cursory glance of American History reveals law after law being used as tools of oppression by the white oligarchy. Amongst the most notable are the slave codes, Jim Crow, and the drug war laws dealing with crack cocaine versus powder cocaine. These laws are not justice oriented laws but politically motivated laws rooted in poweful social and economic interest. You and your simplistic, sheeple-like, view on this situation are giving the racist drug war validation. Do you champion white supremacy? If yes then you ought to be ashamed of yourself as a black man. If not, why are you supporting such a harsh sentence for quarter bag of weed.

    • It is amazing to me, that one of the things we were told growing up and we tell our kids today is. "if little johnny jumps off a bridge are you going to jump". But we want to say if "white people get away with it we should too. Damn, that is dumb ass logic. James you are correct. if you break the law, accept the punishment and shout the hell up.

    • Well, we live in a country where almost anything is "against the law" if someone wants to pursue it. That doesn't make it correct, moral, ethical, or even acceptable. My advice to this poor woman and her mother is to leave Oklahoma and never look back. Not much justice in that state. She should move to a state, like Colorado for example, and open a marijuana dispensary – that would give this horrible story an interesting ending; one worthy of a book.

    • Its not that you missed the whole point. When you walk into the court room do they see the crime or the color of my skin

  16. the system will only get the overhaul it needs if we start voting different kinds of people into office.

  17. This is crazy.

  18. That's really harsh for a weed charge

  19. Yes i strongly agree. The system needs a overhaul.

  20. OMG, for $30 of marijuana , they sentenced her to 12 yrs. I know that there are better ways to spend they states money and bigger drug dealers than her. I really do not know what is going on with the justice system but it is going down hill and fast. Obama needs to do something about this injustice.

    • Obama is not a savior. This is a state matter, not the government. These laws are made by the state you live in. These laws are really followed out to the hilt when the defendant can't afford a lawyer. A defendant with money and a decent lawyer may have recieved probation of no more than a couple of years or less. NYS just abandoned laws passed in the 1960's that sent minorities to prison for drug sales (cocaine) of minor weight (10 usd) where their white counterparts were getting slapped on the wrist for sales of an ounce of pot.