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If you don’t think that the War on Drugs has had a terrible impact on American families, you only need to look at the case of Stephanie George.  If your boyfriend is a dope dealer and he hides his crack in your attic without your knowledge, you would expect that the courts would understand.  But even though the judge in Stephanie’s case agreed that she had nothing to do with her boyfriend’s activities, he still took this mother of three away from her kids for the remainder of her natural life.  She was 27 years old at the time. Even conservatives are starting to admit that mass incarceration is hurting America.  They are saying that it turns non-violent offenders into dangers to society, and it increases the number of criminals because 1 out of very 15 black children has a parent in the penitentiary.   Kids without parents aren’t exactly prepared to be model citizens when they grow up.   Oh, by the way – the War on Drugs hasn’t led to a decline in the amount of drugs imported into our country.  Are Congress and the president going to address this matter anytime soon?    To give a very telling metric about the depth of the problem, consider this:  England has 41 people serving life sentences without parole.  The US has 41,000.    Stephanie George and Judge Roger Vinson had quite different opinions about the lockbox seized by the police from her home in Pensacola. She insisted she had no idea that a former boyfriend had hidden it in her attic. Judge Vinson considered the lockbox, containing a half-kilogram of cocaine, to be evidence of her guilt. John Tierney, the Findings columnist for Science Times, is exploring the social science of incarceration. Future articles in this series will look at the effects of current policies on families and communities, and new ideas for dealing with offenders. But the defendant and the judge fully agreed about the fairness of the sentence he imposed in federal court. “Even though you have been involved in drugs and drug dealing,” Judge Vinson told Ms. George, “your role has basically been as a girlfriend and bag holder and money holder but not actively involved in the drug dealing, so certainly in my judgment it does not warrant a life sentence.” Yet the judge had no other option on that morning 15 years ago. As her stunned family watched, Ms. George, then 27, who had never been accused of violence, was led from the courtroom to serve a sentence of life without parole. “I remember my mom crying out and asking the Lord why,” said Ms. George, now 42, in an interview at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee. “Sometimes I still can’t believe myself it could happen in America.” Her sentence reflected a revolution in public policy, often called mass incarceration, that appears increasingly dubious to both conservative and liberal social scientists. They point to evidence that mass incarceration is no longer a cost-effective way to make streets safer, and may even be promoting crime instead of suppressing it. READ MORE

Woman’s Boyfriend Hid Crack in her Attic: She Got Life in Prison Without Parole

If you don’t think that the War on Drugs has had a terrible impact on American families, you only need to look at the case of Stephanie George.  If your boyfriend is a dope dealer and he hides his crack in your attic without your knowledge, you would expect that the courts would understand.  But even though the judge in Stephanie’s case agreed that she had nothing to do with her boyfriend’s activities, he still took this mother of three away from her kids for the remainder of her natural life.  She was 27 years old at the time.

Even conservatives are starting to admit that mass incarceration is hurting America.  They are saying that it turns non-violent offenders into dangers to society, and it increases the number of criminals because 1 out of very 15 black children has a parent in the penitentiary.   

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  1. Okay. “Women’s Boysfriend Hid Crack…” what was the evidence that led the judge to give her a life sentence. Was there testimony showing she was involve in distributing and selling’ was there a surveillance? And you have a boyfriend that’s a drug dealer…putting your own children in danger…crack is a serious illegal drug…I don’t want no part of it and anyone who is dealing with it.

  2. She does not deserve life without parole, but she does need some type of punishment because she was knowingly dating a drug dealer. Obviously his intentions were not good and all he ever cared about was himself and this was his motive from the beginning. This mother should have been able to do some time served and then be on parole or do community service. This sentence is too harsh for her. Whoever this judge is, his decision making skills should come in to question.

  3. This is so Wrong. There was a famous case of a woman named Patsy Mcgartle dealing drugs to feed her family. Rather than lock her up and throw the key away. They offered her a deal, give us your supplier you get your life back. So Why is it that even though this judge acknowledged her innocence does she still sit in a cell. It’s a travesty, that judge ought be ashamed.

    • To answer your question Natasha. We don’t know if the judge acknowledged her innocence or not. Let’s say that a 27 yr. old mother of three, gave a drug dealer enough trust to allow him access to her attic, to say nothing of her 3 children without her knowledge. She was or her boyfriend were the only ones that could have prevented this. The life sentence is, in my opinion excessive and should rate an appeal. If she had given up the boyfriend or the boyfriend had given up himself, he would be in jail instead of her. She gangster too, and her children should have chosen a better mother.

  4. I would like to have knowledge of one white person especially a woman who suffered from the same verdict.Why can’t people see this is racist.Some of us even go along with this unfair sentence.The swords of so called justice swipes us the hardest.Always has been.It was created to keep black people under control and they make money off us at the same time.We need to wake up.Why do you think we are still on the bottom?

  5. I would like to have knowledge of one white person especially a woman who suffered from the same verdict.Why can’t people see this is racist.Some of us even go along with this unfair sentence.The swords of so called justice swipes us the hardest.Always has been.It was created to keep black people under control and they make money off us at the same time.We need to wake up.Why do you think we are still on the bottom?

  6. I keep hearing negro's throw around that word "slave" and people was real slave…not this I smoke drugs slave or the he know what the pinch on my clitoris is or he can control my orgasm….when you fore father and mothers was slave the white master could say come here nig$er and get on your knee and suck my dic…and he's talking to the men…and he's in front of every one..and say no sir I don't want to do that…and for that his master take him out in front of every one and burn him up jus set him on fire….then come to the next man that just seen his cousin or good friend burnt alive……they could just come get your 12 year old daughter and take her off and have sex with her.. that what they did and if you say no she is not doing they take you and put you in a pin with some wild dogs to eat you up in front of every negro…..they could come get your wife and do what every they want to her….he could shyt in your face and if you say no he would go get to horse one going east and one going west put one arm to a horse and beat the horse until…..so when you negro talk about slavery you better own you can even believe slave and someone was treated like that….kill you just to see you dead just because he want to kill a negro today.

  7. Well she has to be held accountable ..she knew her boyfriend was drug dealer..where else would he hide his drugs. This scenerio plays out all the time ..there blood on her hands cause she knew her boyfriend was selling crack to

    • I don't feel sorry for her, because trust and believe she was living large due to the source of income.

    • Clintfromflint Williams

      Malcolm and B Renee…..U might as well be the white man.U don't know the story but you assume she knew and was living large off of what ever he was bringing home..How many of your friends who hustled and kept a job to keep up appearance? How many of your friends sold dope for a long time before you knew for sure they sold dope…

    • I agree with you on that not all women know what there men do and in this case I will give her the benefit of the dought and why if the judge knew she had no idea did he hit her with such a life chaging sentences unbelievable really there has to be another way!!

  8. This why I fight this unfair system.

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