Louisiana Man Got Life in Prison for Selling $20 of Pot

The Daily Beast’s Abby Haglage has the story of a homeless man in Louisiana whose case demonstrates some of the worst extremes of the drug war.

Fate Vincent Winslow, a 41-year-old homeless black man, was hungry on September 5th, 2008. Along with a man he called “Perdue,” he was the target of a sting by an undercover cop pretending to look for marijuana and a prostitute. Although Perdue was never arrested, Winslow was.

Citing his previous non-violent felonies – a burglaries at age 17 and 26, and cocaine possession in 2004 – a judge sentenced him to life imprisonment with hard labor. This was a result of mandatory minimum sentencing laws which allowed the prosecution to seek such an extreme sentence.

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.


1 Comment

  1. Mevrouw Ratsrectum on

    It shouldn’t even be in the Schedule, certainly not Schedule I